MONDAY, MAY 17, 2004
Football Names Craig Hauser Defensive Coordinator

May 17, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University linebackers coach Craig Hauser has been named the Dolphins' defensive coordinator, head coach Steve Gilbert announced today. Hauser replaces associate head coach Shap Boyd, who left after six seasons to become the defensive coordinator at Washington University in his hometown of St. Louis. Hauser, who also serves as the Dolphins' special teams and recruiting coordinator, has been on the JU staff since 2002.

Hauser's linebacking corp has been the heart of JU's defense the past two seasons, despite having to replace the top four tacklers in school history following the 2001 campaign. This past fall, junior outside linebacker Tim Hasse (Bradenton, Fla.) earned First-Team Pioneer Football League All-Conference honors after recording a team-best 87 tackles, while fellow outside linebacker Brandon Torre (Tallahassee, Fla.) added 59 tackles, including a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss, despite playing in just eight games.

JU's special teams have also thrived under Hauser's tutelage, as Dolphin freshman Ryan Long (Jacksonville/Orange Park) earned All-America honors after leading the PFL with a 40.2 punt average in 2003, while the Dolphins ranked 32nd nationally in kickoff returns with a 21.2 yard-per-return average. In 2002, JU finished 12th nationally in punt returns, averaging 13.7 yards per return, while also blocking a school-record seven punts, a field goal and two point-after attempts.

"Craig has provided our defense and special teams with a huge spark the past two seasons," said Gilbert. "He has earned this opportunity with his proven success on the field. Craig has relentless work ethic, pays great attention to detail and is meticulous with his preparation. He learned a great deal under coach Boyd the past two seasons and I expect that our defense will continue to grow and improve under coach Hauser's guidance."

Hauser came to JU after three seasons as linebackers coach at Gannon (Pa.) University, where the Golden Knights ranked 18th in NCAA Division II in rushing defense in 2001, allowing just 104 yards per game. Gannon also ranked 15th in pass efficiency defense (91.83) and 17th in total defense after yielding 265 yards per contest. Hauser also worked with the special teams at Gannon and was responsible for recruiting in Ohio, Pittsburgh and Florida.

Prior to coaching at Gannon, Hauser spent two seasons at Western Kentucky, where he was the outside linebackers coach in 1998 and worked with the defensive backs in 1997. The Hilltoppers went 10-3 in 1997 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs, while ranking eighth in Division 1-A in rushing defense. While at WKU, Hauser also recruited Indianapolis and the California junior colleges. In the spring and summer of 1997, Hauser also served as the defensive coordinator of the Wolfsburg Blue Wings, a semi-pro football team in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Hauser started his coaching career at his alma mater, Butler University, in 1996 where he played strong safety from 1992-95. He was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs, earning Pioneer Football League All-Conference honors and Academic All-Conference honors in 1995, while being voted team captain by his teammates. In 1994, Butler captured the PFL Championship and was the 1992 Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference champion before joining the PFL.

The Dolphins open their seventh season of football on Sept. 2 at Florida International at 8 p.m. in Miami.