DeRuyter at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
January 3, 1963 |
Long Beach, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1989–1992||Air Force (Assistant)|
|2007||Air Force (DC/S)|
|2008-2009||Air Force (AHC/DC/S)|
|2010–2011||Texas A&M (AHC/DC)|
|2011||Texas A&M (Interim HC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 Mountain West (2012–2013)
2 Mountain West West Division (2013–2014)
A native of Long Beach, California, DeRuyter attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower and graduated in 1981. He played college football at Air Force from 1982 to 1984. He lettered at outside linebacker and was part of three bowl game victories. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1985. His family is of Dutch descent.
DeRuyter has a history of turning college football defenses around. Before his second arrival at Ohio in 2002, the Bobcats ranked 99th nationally; upon his departure to Nevada, the Bobcats ranked 22nd. At Nevada, the Wolfpack improved from 78th to 48th under his tutelage.
As the defensive coordinator at Air Force from 2007 to 2009, DeRuyter replaced a bend-but-don't-break scheme with an aggressive 3–4 defense. In 2006, prior to his arrival, the Falcons ranked 78th in scoring defense and 78th in total defense. In 2009, the Falcons finished 10th in scoring defense and 11th in total defense. In the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl against Houston, the Falcons limited the nation's second-ranked passing offense to a season-low of 222 passing yards. They also recorded six interceptions.
DeRuyter became Texas A&M's defensive coordinator in 2010. The Aggies ranked 104th in scoring defense in 2009, under a 4–3 defense. In 2010, under his 3–4 defense, they improved to 21st in scoring defense.
Head coaching record
|Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 Conference) (2011)|
|2011||Texas A&M||1–0*||0–0*||T–6th||W Meineke Car Care|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (Mountain West Conference) (2012–present)|
|2012||Fresno State||9–4||7–1||T–1st||L Hawaii|
|2013||Fresno State||11–2||7–1||1st (West)||L Las Vegas|
|2014||Fresno State||6–8||5–3||T–1st (West)||L Hawaii|
|2015||Fresno State||3–9||2–6||T–4th (West)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
*DeRuyter was hired as coach after Mike Sherman was fired after the regular season. Texas A&M credits the regular season to Sherman and the Texas Bowl to DeRuyter.