Central Michigan hires Detroit Lions' John Bonamego as head coach

Friday February 6th, 2015

Detroit Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego will be the next head coach at Central Michigan, the school announced.

Bonamego will replace Dan Enos, who had been the Chippewas' coach since 2010 before recently leaving to become Arkansas' offensive coordinator.

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Bonamego was a wide receiver and quarterback at Central Michigan before serving as a college assistant coach for 11 years, at Maine, Lehigh and Army. Since then, he's served as the special teams coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Lions.

“Since I left CMU in 1987, my dream job was to be the head coach of the Central Michigan football program. Today, that dream came true,” Bonamego said. “During my time here, I had some of the best experiences of my life and I expect to make many, many more in the coming years. The Mount Pleasant community is a very special place and my family and I are excited to be a part of it," Bonamego said.

The 51-year-old recently completed his second season with Detroit.

CMU finished 7-6 last season. The Chippewas lost to Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl after scoring 34 unanswered points but falling short on a failed two-point conversion.

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