VIDEO: Florida Tech Football’s New Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter
By Florida Tech // March 31, 2017
Spring Game Set For April 7, Friday Night At 7 p.m. From Florida Tech Panther Stadium
ABOVE VIDEO: New Florida Tech Football defensive coordinator, Rick Minter speaks with Space Coast Daily.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Head coach Steve Englehart has announced the hiring of Rick Minter as the new defensive coordinator Friday.
“We are so lucky to have Coach Minter with us here at Florida Tech,” stated Englehart. “His experience and knowledge of the game is unmatched. He is a wonderful teacher and will make our players and coaches better.”
Minter, a long-time defensive coordinator and the former head coach at Cincinnati, most recently served as Georgia State’s defensive line coach during the 2016 season.
Prior to working with GSU, he spent three seasons in the National Football League, serving as linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
In his 10 seasons at the helm of Cincinnati (1994-2003), as the program transitioned to Conference USA, he led the Bearcats to six seasons of .500 or better football, four bowl berths and a conference co-championship.
In addition to his tenure at Cincinnati, Minter served 17 years as a defensive coordinator, including two stints at Notre Dame in 1992-93 and 2005-06 as well as stops at Ball State, South Carolina (2004), Marshall (2008-09) and Kentucky (2011-12).
He also served as the interim head coach at Marshall in 2009, leading the Thundering Herd to a victory in the Little Caesar’s Bowl.
Minter began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Henderson State University, in 1977, and Arkansas in 1978. His first full-time position was at Louisiana Teach as the defensive ends coach in 1979. He then coached linebackers at NC State (1980-82) and New Mexico State (1984) before becoming assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Ball State from 1985-91.
In his first stint as defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Minter helped the 1993 Fighting Irish squad to an 11-1 record and a No. 2 final ranking. In his second stint with the Irish, Notre Dame’s 2005 team also earned a top 10 national ranking.
A native of Nash, Texas, Minter earned his bachelor’s (1977) and master’s degrees (1978) from Henderson State.
Make sure you catch Minter and the new look Florida Tech defense next Friday, April 7, at the annual Spring Game at Florida Tech Panther Stadium.
The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.