College Sports

North Texas football hires new defensive coordinator

Chris Cosh, the defensive line coach at the University of Buffalo in 2014, was announced Wednesday as the new defensive coordinator at North Texas.

Cosh has served as a defensive coordinator for 16 of his 30 seasons in coaching, including time at Kansas State, Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan State and Illinois. He will replace John Skladany who retired at the end of the season.

“Chris has a tremendous blend of experience and success and comes highly recommended by some of the most respected football coaches at both the collegiate and professional levels,” North Texas head coach Dan McCarney said. “He has a proven track record as a coordinator and linebacker coach in the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the Big 12 and his reputation as a tireless recruiter precedes him.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Chris to the Mean Green family.”

Cosh, 55, was the defensive coordinator at South Florida in 2012 and in his one season in Tampa he helped produce two All-Big East defenders.

From 2009-11, Cosh was the defensive coordinator at Kansas State, where he helped rebuild the Wildcats’ defense culminating with a Cotton Bowl appearance in 2011.

The Wildcats’ defense was ranked 37th in the nation in 2011 and produced three All-Big 12 performers, including Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Arthur Brown. The Wildcats finished the season with a 10-3 record.

As defensive coordinator at Maryland, Cosh helped the Terrapins (7-5) end the 2008 regular season 35th nationally in scoring defense (21.4 ppg).

Cosh is a native of Washington, D.C., and played college football at Virginia Tech (1977-81) as a linebacker.