Brian Callahan was named tight ends coach at the University of Minnesota in January 2017. Callahan comes to Minnesota after coaching the offensive line at Western Michigan since 2013.
In 2016, Callahan’s offensive line protected for an offense that averaged 41.57 points per game and rushed for 3,392 yards and 36 touchdowns. In addition, the Broncos passed for 3,533 yards and 33 touchdowns. Callahan’s line yielded only 16 sacks in 14 games.
Callahan coached All-MAC First Team honorees Taylor Moton and Chukwuma Okorafor last season and All-MAC Second Team player John Keenoy. FootballScoop named Callahan its 2016 Offensive Line Coach of the Year.
Callahan’s line paved the way for Western Michigan to have one of the best running attacks in college football, as it averaged 228 yards per game and 5.11 yards per carry. A large part of that success came in the line’s ability to limit negative plays. Opponents secured only 16 sacks against 378 pass attempts, which was good for one sack every 23.6 pass attempts. In 1,012 total snaps, Callahan’s unit permitted just 57 tackles for loss, which was one of the lowest totals in college football.
In 2015, the Bronco line paved the way for running back Jamauri Bogan to rush for 1,051 yards, and earn MAC Freshman of the Year. Overall, the Broncos rushed for 204.6 yards per game, good for second in the MAC and 29th in the country. Western Michigan added 28 rushing touchdowns behind Callahan’s line.
Prior to his time at Western Michigan, Callahan coached the offensive line at his alma mater Eastern Illinois. He was with the Panthers from 2010-12 and helped lead Eastern Illinois to the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and a berth in the Division I FCS Playoffs. In 2012, the Panthers finished seventh in total offense, sixth in passing offense and eighth in scoring offense.
Callahan coached the offensive line at Akron from 2004-09. He helped guide the Zips to their first ever MAC Championship in 2005 and a berth in the 2005 Motor City Bowl. He was also the program's run game coordinator from 2005-09. During that time, Akron posted a win against North Carolina State and boasted the nation’s most improved offense in 2008.
Callahan coached the tight ends and offensive line during his four-year tenure at the University of Texas-El Paso. He helped the Miners win the 2000 Western Athletic Conference title and the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl.
He started his coaching career in 1992 at the high school level and has spent time at Northern Michigan and was a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Louisville.
Callahan and his wife Jennifer have three children, Lauren, Grace and Kevin.
CALLAHAN AT A GLANCE
2017-present: Minnesota - Tight Ends
2013-17: Western Michigan - Offensive Line
2010-12: Eastern Illinois - Offensive Line
2005-09: Akron - Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
2004: Akron - Offensive Line
2001-03: Texas-El Paso - Offensive Line
2000: Texas El-Paso - Tight Ends
1999: Northern Michigan - Offensive Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator
1998: Northern Michigan - Offensive Line
1996-97: Pittsburgh - Graduate Assistant
1995: Oklahoma - Graduate Assistant
1994: Louisville - Graduate Assistant
1993: Eastern Illinois - Restricted Earnings Coach
1992-93: Gordon Tech High School - Offensive Line
Playing Experience: Eastern Illinois (offensive tackle), 1987-1991
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Gordon Tech High School, 1987
Alma Mater: Eastern Illinois, 1992 (history); Eastern Illinois, 1996 (master's degree); Pittsburgh, 1997 (master's degree)
Daughters: Lauren and Grace
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