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Kirk Hoza
Kirk  Hoza

West Mifflin, PA

Last College:
M.BA., Univ. of Louisville '89

Defensive Coordinator/Secondary



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Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
1999- Florida Atlantic
1998-99 Arkansas Tech (Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator)
1996-97 Humboldt State (Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)
1994-95 Whittier (Head Coach)
1990-93 Redlands (Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)
1987-89 Louisville (GA/Defensive Secondary)
1985-86 Port Charlotte HS (Varsity Secondary Coach, JV Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator)

Post Season as Coach
2008 Motor City Bowl (Florida Atlantic)
2007 New Orleans Bowl (Florida Atlantic)
2003 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs (Arkansas Tech)
1999 NCAA Division II Playoffs (Arkansas Tech)
1992 NCAA Division III Playoffs (Redlands)
1990 NCAA Division III Playoffs (Redlands)
1989 Coca-Cola Bowl (Louisville)
1988 Blue-Gray All-Star Game (Louisville)

Recruiting Area
Tampa/St. Petersburg

Personal Information
Birth date: Aug. 23, 1962
Hometown: West Mifflin, PA
Education: 1989, MBA, University of Louisville; 1985, B.S., education, Slippery Rock University
Marital Status: Wife Sara
Children: Isaac (15), Mason (11)

Coach Hoza also serves as the staff advisor to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Hoza joined Florida Atlantic's staff in December of 1999, following the NCAA Division II playoffs and is the only defensive coordinator to walk the sidelines at FAU. A tireless worker and winner at heart it took just three seasons for the Pennsylvania native to return to the play-offs leading the defense in 2003. He then was instrumental in putting together a defense that could move to the highest level of play and one that would face some of the nation's best offenses, like Steve Spurrier's at South Carolina, Bobby Petrino at Louisville, Urban Myer at Florida and Mack Brown at Texas during the transition to the Bowl Sub Division. To put it into perspective, since leaving the ranks of the Football Championship Series FAU defenses have faced four Heisman Trophy contenders and nearly 20 bowl participants. In 2004, during the team's provisional move to Division I-A, the Owls finished the season ranked No. 15 nationally in rushing defense, No. 16 in scoring defense, 10th in interceptions and No. 9 in TD passing percentage. His defense was the only team to give highly praised University of Hawaii and all-time NCAA passing leader Timmy Chang a loss at home. In 2005, the defensive squad remained the "big brother" of the team and finished the first year of full Division I-A play ranked No. 20 in pass defense and No. 31 in pass efficiency defense. With a move to the Sun Belt came more notoriety. For the first time in the program's young history the 2006 defense took to the field with youth and the need for experience, especially among the defensive backs. At season's end the defensive backs set a school record for interceptions with 18 and Corey Small recorded a program-high three in one game. The 2006 defensive unit ranked first in the Sun Belt in red zone defense, second in turnover margin and scoring defense and third in pass defense and total defense. Nationally, the Owls were No. 16 in pass defense. In 2007 the defense returned with experience and used that experience to shatter the previous mark and recorded an at least one interception in ever game and posted a 20-consecutive game streak with an interception. The streak was snapped in the New Orleans Bowl where the Owls would shutdown the highly touted Memphis receivers in route to the program's first bowl victory. Redshirt freshman Tavious Polo, who earned Freshman All-America honors, was the Walter Camp National Player of the Week following his three interceptions that preserved the victory over Minnesota. Corey Small and Tavious Polo led the country in cornerback duos with interceptions at 12. In 2008 senior Greg Joseph would come to the forefront with 10 pass break ups and 102 tackles which was second on the team and 88th in the nation. Once again the defense was issued a challenge facing a preseason Heisman hopeful in the Motor City Bowl. The defense responded holding CMU's QB to 253 passing yards, well below his average, and to just 56 yards on the ground. In fact, CMU had averaged 30 points over the course of the 2008 season and the Owls defense held them to 21. That defense was led by linebacker Frantz Joseph who finished his season campaign leading the country in total tackles and No. 2 in tackles per game.

At Arkansas Tech
Team held opponents to 22 points and 328 yards, down from 38+ points and 439 yards prior to his arrival. The 1998 squad broke the school record for sacks in a season. In 1999 the Tech defense ranked second in the Gulf South Conference in points allowed. The squad allowed 18 points per game and was ranked third in the nation in turnovers forced (40). The team won the Gulf South Conference for the first time in the program's history and participated in the national playoffs (1999). At Humboldt

His defense ranked first in the conference in turnovers forced and second in total defense and scoring defense (1996).

At Whittier
As the head coach he started 16 freshmen, nine defensively. The squad ranked third in the conference in total defense in both 1994 and 1995. As seniors, his two recruiting classes both won conference championships.

the University of Redlands
Team ranked first in the conference in scoring and total defense (1990, '91 and '92). The team won the conference championship in 1990, '91, '92 and finished second in 1993. Redlands also participated in the NCAA playoffs in both 1990 and 1992.

Playing Career
Played strong safety and outside linebacker at Slippery Rock University from 1982 to 84.

Prominent Players Coached
Redlands Gary Giannoni, All-SCIAC (3 years), All-American, 17 interceptions over two-year period ('92-'93).
Florida Atlantic Frantz Joseph (3 years) No. 2 in the NCAA in tackles per game (2008) (154/11.8 TPG). Led the SBC in tackles per game in both 2007 and 2008.

NFL Players (round drafted) CB Ray Buchanon (3rd) Indianapolis Colts DB Joey Smith (Free Agent) NY Giants LB Chris Laskowski (Free Agent) Indianapolis Colts CB Wille Hughley (Free Agent) Cleveland Browns FS Taheem Acevedo (Free Agent) Kansas City Chiefs LB Frantz Joseph (Free Agent) No. 2 in the NCAA in tackles per game (154/13=11.8 TPG). Oakland Raiders

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