Erik Chinander

New defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. 

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Role: Defensive coordinator | 2018 Salary: $800,000

Alma mater: Iowa (2003)

Connection to Frost: Chinander and Frost have coached a total of nine seasons together. First, two at Northern Iowa, then five at Oregon and now the past two at Central Florida. In Orlando, Chinander coordinated the Knights’ defense.

What stands out: At 37 years old, Chinander has moved up the coaching ranks fast. In 2016, he was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s best assistant coach. This year, the Knights forced 29 turnovers in 12 games. He also is plenty familiar with the Big Ten. He is from Allison, Iowa, and walked on to the Hawkeyes program in 1998.

Did you know: When Chinander and Frost coached together at UNI in 2007-08, Chinander coached offense (tight ends) and Frost defense (linebackers, co-defensive coordinator). Now Chinander will call defensive plays in Lincoln and Frost will call the offense.

College/NFL coaching experience

2016-17: UCF (defensive coordinator)

2014-15: Oregon (outside linebackers)

2013: Philadelphia Eagles (assistant defensive line)

2011-12: Oregon (defensive grad assistant)

2010: Oregon (intern)

2004-09: Northern Iowa (tight ends)

2003: Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College (offensive/defensive line)

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