Jon Hoke
Current position
Title Defensive backs coach
Team Chicago Bears
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-01-24) January 24, 1957 (age 63)
Place of birth Kettering, Ohio
Alma mater Ball State University
Team(s) as a player
1976–1979 Ball State
Position(s) Defensive back
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Dayton (DB)
North Carolina State (DB)
Bowling Green (DB)
San Diego State (DB)
Kent State (DB/DC)
Missouri (DB)
Florida (DB/DC)
Houston Texans (DB)
Chicago Bears (DB)

Jon Hoke (born January 24, 1957[1]) is currently the defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

Playing careerEdit

Hoke played high school football at Fairmont East High School[2] in Kettering, Ohio. He then attended Ball State University, where he played defensive back on the football team. Hoke was a 2-time all-MAC selection and his team earned league titles in 1976 and 1978.[1]

Hoke spent time in the NFL as a player with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs from 1980-1981.[3][4]

College coaching careerEdit

Hoke embarked on a coaching career in 1982, and ultimately coached in the college ranks for 19 seasons. As a secondary coach, he served at Dayton, North Carolina State, and Bowling Green. Hoke was hired by head coach Denny Stolz at BGSU, and then followed him when he was hired at San Diego State. After Stolz's dismissal at SDSU, Hoke went Kent State, Missouri, and Florida.[1]

He served as defensive coordinator for Kent State in 1993 and Florida from 1999-2001. At Florida, Hoke replaced friend Bob Stoops,[5] who had left to become the head coach at Oklahoma. Hoke and Stoops had served on the same Kent State staff in 1989 under Dick Crum, and Stoops recommended Hoke as his successor.[6] Hoke left Florida when Gators head coach Steve Spurrier took the head coaching job with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.

When Spurrier returned to college football to coach South Carolina in 2004, he asked Hoke to join him as defensive coordinator. After deliberating with his family, Hoke declined.[7]

NFL coaching careerEdit

Hoke joined the expansion Houston Texans of the NFL in 2002 as secondary coach under Dom Capers, and was retained by new head coach Gary Kubiak in 2005.[8]

Hoke joined the Chicago Bears as defensive backs coach under head coach Lovie Smith in 2009,[9] taking over for Steven Wilks.

Hoke was one of two Smith assistants to be retained by new Bears head coach Marc Trestman for the 2013 season.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Hoke is the older brother of Brady Hoke, who is currently the head football coach at the University of Michigan.[11]

Hoke and his wife, Jody, have four children: Mallory, Kyle, and twins Kendall and Carly. Kyle Hoke played college football for his uncle Brady at Ball State, and is currently a graduate assistant coach for the Western Michigan Broncos football team.[12]


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  3. "Jonathan Hoke NFL Football Statistics". 1957-01-24. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  4. "Coaches". Chicago Bears. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  5. Times, The. "Florida Gators: Hoke is no copycat 01/16/99". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  6. "UF's Hoke under fire after poor defensive efforts". 2000-10-06. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  7. CARLTON THOMPSON, Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle (2004-12-03). "Texans assistant Hoke turns down Spurrier's offer - Houston Chronicle". Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  8. "Texans | Kubiak will retain Hoke - NFL Hot off the Wire". 2006-01-23. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  9. "Hoke excited to join Bears as DBs coach". 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
  11. "Hoke Named Head Coach, Introduced at Press Conference - MGOBLUE.COM - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Mgoblue.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-14.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Stoops
Florida Gators Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
John Thompson
Preceded by
Steven Wilks
Chicago Bears Defensive Backs Coach
Succeeded by
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