Feb. 12, 2009
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack defensive line coach Kris Kocurek has been hired as the assistant defensive line coach with the Detroit Lions announced team officials late Wednesday afternoon.
"Kris did a tremendous job with the defensive line during his time in Nacogdoches," said Harper. "He truly cared about his players, and was very loyal to the university. This is a great opportunity for him and we wish him all the best, but at the same time he will be greatly missed here at SFA. He is a highly regarded coach, and we feel very fortunate that he was a part of our staff."
Kocurek spent the 2008 season with the Lumberjack football team helping rebuild a youthful defensive unit whose depth chart consisted of 15 players who were sophomores or younger. Kocurek had an immediate impact on the defensive front during his lone season in Nacogdoches. The 'Jacks led the Southland Conference with 32 sacks during the 2008 season.
Kocurek also helped transform junior Tim Knicky into one of the top defensive ends in the country. Knicky finished year with 74 tackles, and was among the national leaders in sacks and tackles for losses. Knicky wrapped up his junior campaign by earning AP third-team All-America honors, and Sports Network Honorable Mention All-America honors.