University of Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr named Ron English defensive coordinator and announced Ron Lee and Steve Szabo as assistant coaches. Szabo will coach the linebackers and Lee will coach the cornerbacks.
Ron Lee Background Information
Ron Lee comes to Ann Arbor with 17 years of collegiate coaching experience. Familiar with the Big Ten Conference, Lee spent the past three seasons as the defensive backs coach at the University of Wisconsin (2003-05). Prior to his appointment with the Badgers, Lee was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at San Jose State for two seasons (2001-02). He spent eight seasons at Colorado State (1993-2000) and a year each at Idaho (1992) and Portland State (1991). Lee was a graduate assistant coach at Miami (Fla.) during the 1989-90 seasons.
Lee earned a bachelor's degree in 1989 from Washington State, where he was a four-year letterman as a defensive back (1985-88). Lee and his wife, Eileen, have five children: Aubree, Jamison, Kayla, Christopher and Madison.
Szabo Background Information
Steve Szabo joins the Wolverine coaching staff after spending the past 12 years as an assistant coach in the NFL. He was the defensive backs coach the previous two seasons with the Buffalo Bills (2004-05) after working with the New England Patriots (2003). Szabo was the linebackers coach for nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1994-2002). Prior to joining the professional ranks, he coached in the college ranks at Johns Hopkins, Toledo, Iowa, Syracuse, Iowa State, Ohio State, Western Michigan, Northern Iowa, Colorado State and Boston College. He was head coach at Edinboro University for three seasons (1985-87) and served as defensive coordinator at Colorado State (1989-90) and Boston College (1991-93).
Szabo was a halfback and defensive back at the U.S. Naval Academy (1961-64) and played alongside Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach. Szabo and his wife, Patti, have one son, Zack. He has two adult children, Christine and Mike. Christine is a former U-M cross country and track runner who earned All-America honors twice (1993-94). Mike is a NFL scout with the Carolina Panthers.
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