Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter has been selected as the head football coach at Fresno State, school officials announced today.
DeRuyter, who spent the past two seasons at A&M, replaces Pat Hill, who was fired at the end of the season. DeRuyter will begin recruiting immediately for Fresno State but will serve as the Aggies’ interim coach in the team’s Dec. 31 matchup against Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.
DeRuyter’s departure leaves a high-profile opening for incoming A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, the former Houston coach who has been hired as the replacement for Mike Sherman. A&M fired Sherman after a 6-6 finish and a 25-25 overall mark in four seasons.
In a statement, DeRuyter said Fresno State “is where I can live out my dream of building a team” that can win conference championships. DeRuyter, 48, is a native of Long Beach, Calif. and will be a first-time head football coach at the FBS level.
_ Jimmy Burch