Falcons find new football head coach at Texas Tech

Isaiah Vasquez and Isaiah Vasquez

Bowling Green athletics announced on Tuesday night that Mike Jinks, formerly an associate head coach at Texas Tech University, has been hired to take over the head coaching job for the Falcon football team.

Jinks was hired less than a week after Dino Baber’s departure to Syracuse.

His service at Texas Tech was his first job at the collegiate level, where he served as the Red Raiders’ running back coach for three seasons and was given the associate head coach position last January.

His new position as the head coach for a Mid-American Conference team and the current MAC champions will be an adjustment. Jinks has only served in the Football Championship Subdivision for four years.

Before he worked in the collegiate programs he worked through the ranks as a coach at Texas high schools for nearly a decade, spending his last seven years as the head coach at Cibolo Steele in San Antonio.

Jinks’ work was attractive to the Falcons as he helped produce DeAndre Washington, one of the first 1,000-yard rushers for Texas Tech since 1998 and supported one of the best offenses in the country. Texas Tech totaled over 7,000 yards in 12 games.

The Red Raiders also had 33 touchdown drives in under two minutes and averaged 46.6 points a game.

Brian Ward, who was the defensive coordinator for Bowling Green, is currently the interim head coach for the Falcons and will still lead the team against Georgia Southern during the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on December 23.

Following Babers departure to Syracuse, he is looking forward to bringing Ward along with him to New York as he stated in a press conference.

Ward confirmed this through his Twitter profile changed on Tuesday night saying he will follow Babers as defensive coordinator.

Footballscoop.com reports that Babers will bring his entire offensive staff, including co-offensive coordinators Mike Lynch and Sean Lewis, wide receivers coach Kim McCloud, tight ends coach Tom Freeman, outside receivers coach Andrew Sowder and special teams coordinator/defensive line coach Tom Kaufman.

The Red Raiders recently fired three defensive assistants following their last regular season game.

The dramatic change in the offensive staff for Bowling Green will create a new style of Falcon football next season.

Along with BGSU’s loss of offensive staff, they will lose over 10 seniors next season, including All-MAC quarterback Matt Johnson and MAC Championship player of the game Travis Greene.

Jinks and the Falcons will travel to Columbus to compete against B1G opponent Ohio State University for the first game next season.