The University of Michigan has announced the hiring of Wink Martindale as its new defensive coordinator. This news comes after Martindale’s departure from the New York Giants, where he led the defense for the past two years.
Prior to his time with the Giants, Martindale spent four seasons as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator. His departure from the Giants marks the end of his time in the NFL as he moves on to the college level.
Michigan has ties to both Martindale and his replacement, Jesse Minter, who served as an assistant in Baltimore during Martindale’s tenure. These connections played a role in Martindale’s decision to join Michigan. Minter also leaves the university, joining the Chargers with former Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Martindale’s experience as a defensive coordinator at both the professional and collegiate levels will be valuable to Michigan’s defense as they continue their season.