The Indianapolis Colts have signed Jim Herrmann as linebackers coach and Darren Krein as head strength and conditioning coach. The team also announced Offensive Line Coach Hal Hunter will not be retained.
Herrmann has 30 years of coaching experience, including 10 seasons in the NFL. He previously served as the linebackers coach for the New York Jets (2006-08) and New York Giants (2009-2015) after spending 20 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater, the University of Michigan (1986-2005).
In 2015, Herrmann guided a Giants unit that used six different starting lineup rotations at linebacker as the team battled through injuries. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas ranked second on the team with 88 tackles (67 solo), while fellow linebacker Jasper Brinkley ranked third with 67 tackles (49 solo).
Herrmann was instrumental in the development of rookie linebacker Devon Kennard in 2014. The fifth round draft pick played in 12 games (six starts) and totaled 43 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks. Kennard was selected as NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14) after recording six solo tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble against the Tennessee Titans. He became the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week. After losing starting linebacker Jon Beason early in the season due to injury, former Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain was thrust into the starting role for the Giants. Herrmann helped McClain establish a career-high with 117 tackles (75 solo) and tie his career-best with 2.5 sacks.
In 2013, Herrmann’s unit helped the Giants defense finish eighth in the NFL after allowing 332.3 yards per game. New York used a linebacker by committee approach in 2011 after losing starter Jonathan Goff due to injury. The unit was manned by Chase Blackburn, Mathias Kiwanuka and rookie Greg Jones as the Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. In 2010, the Giants finished seventh in the NFL in total defense (310.8 yards per game) and eighth against the run (101.3).
Prior to joining the Giants, Herrmann was the linebackers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-08. In 2008, the Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL against the run (94.9 yards per game) and 16th overall (329.4). Two of Herrmann’s positional players, Eric Barton and Calvin Pace, were the team’s top tacklers. In 2007, Herrmann was joined in New York by one of his former Michigan players, linebacker David Harris, whom the club drafted in the second round. As a rookie, Harris led the team with 117 tackles and tied for the team lead with 5.0 sacks.
Herrmann coached at Michigan for two decades (1986-2005) before making the jump to the NFL. He served as defensive coordinator/linebackers (1997-2005), linebackers/special teams (1995-96), inside linebackers (1990-94), volunteer coach (1988-89) and graduate assistant (1986-87) while in Ann Arbor. In his first season as defensive coordinator in 1997, the Wolverines won the national championship while leading the nation in multiple defensive categories, including total yards, scoring and pass efficiency. Herrmann received the Broyles Award as the National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In his nine years as defensive coordinator, Michigan won five Big Ten championships and the defense held 47 opponents to less than 100 rushing yards. The Wolverines defense led the Big Ten in sacks three times (1997, 2001, 2002) and set a school record with 50 sacks in 2001. Herrmann coached six All-Americans, including Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Leon Hall, LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote and Charles Woodson, who won the 1997 Heisman Trophy and was named the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Herrmann began his coaching career at the high school level in Michigan at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School (1984) and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1985).
He was a three-year letter winner at linebacker for Michigan. In 1980, he was a member of Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning team. A native of Michigan, Herrmann was a three-sport athlete and standout linebacker at Dearborn Divine High School.
Krein spent the last five seasons (2011-15) as the head strength and conditioning coach of the Miami Dolphins. He has 17 years of NFL coaching experience. In 2013, Krein was recognized by his peers with their highest honor as he was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year at the league’s annual Strength and Conditioning Coaches banquet in Indianapolis.
Prior to Miami, Krein had two stints with the Seattle Seahawks (1997-98 and 2001-09) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He assisted in the coordination of the players’ weight training and the offseason conditioning program. Krein was also integral in the design and implementation of the rehabilitation process for injured players.
Krein was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury. On June 17, 1995 Krein was claimed by the Green Bay Packers off waivers but did not see any game action. In 1996, he played the entire season with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League, but re-injured his knee and was forced to retire.
A native of Aurora, Colorado, Krein was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami (1989-1993). He was named a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection and Second Team Associated Press All-America choice as a senior. Krein totaled 190 career tackles and 17.5 sacks as a member of the Hurricanes and earned a degree in business management.
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