LSU hires Wisconsin’s Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator

LSU has hired Wisconsin’s Dave Aranda as their defensive coordinator, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday
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LSU has hired Wisconsin’s Dave Aranda as their defensive coordinator, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday.

Aranda has served as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the past three seasons, guiding them to a top-10 ranking in total defense in each season. This year, Wisconsin ranked No. 3 in the nation, allowing just 267 yards per game.

“Dave will bring different packages and an attacking style to the field,” Miles said in a statement. “Watching his defense play, they are tough to move the ball on and they are sticky in every situation. His defenses do a great job of getting off the field. He’s going to be a great fit for our personnel. He’s a players’ coach, and we are really excited that he’s going to be a LSU Tiger.”

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Aranda began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech before spending time with Houston, CaliforniaLutheran, Delta State and Southern Utah.

He joined Hawaii’s coaching staff in 2008 as a defensive line coach, and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2010. He spent the 2012 season with Utah State, and left for Wisconsin in 2013. LSU ranked No. 25 in total yards allowed per game this season, and is could return as many as nine starters. Aranda replaced Kevin Steele, who left LSU for the same job at Auburn.