CMU names Dan Enos as new head football coach

Central Michigan University has named Dan Enos, a former Michigan State quarterback who went on to spend four seasons as an assistant coach for the Spartans, as its new head football coach. The 41-year-old Enos succeeds former Chippewas head coach Butch Jones, who was hired in December as Cincinnati's new coach. Jones replaced Brian Kelly, who came from Central Michigan three years ago and left for Notre Dame. Enos spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Mark Dantonio at Michigan State, serving as running backs coach the past three seasons after coaching the quarterbacks in 2006. The Dearborn Edsel Ford High graduate played quarterback at Michigan State from 1987-1990. “My family and I are very excited about becoming part of the Central Michigan University family and the Mount Pleasant community,” said Enos, whose appointment at Central Michigan was announced Tuesday. “I'm looking forward to carrying on the proud tradition of CMU football into the future.” The Chippewas (12-2) finished the season ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll — the highest finish in the program's history — after defeating Troy 44-41 in the GMAC Bowl. “We needed a person with a clear vision and understanding of how to further develop our championship caliber program for sustained success,” Central Michigan Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “Dan will do that.” Enos followed Dantonio to Michigan State after spending the 2004 and 2005 seasons as the quarterbacks coach on Dantonio's staff at Cincinnati. Enos began his coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant under George Perles at Michigan State, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. After three seasons in East Lansing he went on to assistant coaching positions at Lakeland College, Northern Michigan, Southern Illinois and Missouri State. Enos was quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan from 2000-2002, then spent the 2003 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at NCAA Division II North Dakota State before joining Dantonio at Cincinnati. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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