Wofford hires Pitt DC Conklin as coach

(STATS) - Southern Conference champion Wofford named Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin as its new head coach on Tuesday.

Conklin, 37, will be introduced at a campus news conference Wednesday. He becomes a first-time head coach in replacing Mike Ayers, who retired as Wofford's winningest coach on Dec. 13.

Conklin was an assistant under Ayers from 2007-09, coaching Wofford's defensive backs and special teams. The 2003 graduate of Dakota State was a defensive coordinator at The Citadel and Florida International and also coached at Tennessee and South Dakota, where he earned a master's degree.

"Josh is the complete package," Wofford athletic director Richard Johnson said. "Having worked here as an assistant under Mike Ayers, he has the Wofford DNA we were looking for along with a great depth and breadth of external experience. For the past three seasons as a defensive coordinator in the ACC, he has matched wits with some of the best offensive minds in college football. We are thrilled to have him carry on the legacy of Mike Ayers and Wofford football."

This season, Wofford won 10 games and reached the FCS playoff quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. Ayers posted a 207-139-1 record and won five SoCon titles in 30 years with the Terriers.

Updated January 2, 2018

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