Fred Bleil joins the Green Wave staff after spending one season as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at the University of North Texas. Prior to the Mean Green, he spent eight seasons as the secondary coach at San Diego State.
Bleil, 57, spent two terms as the director of the Mean Green defense after leading one of the Big West's top units in 1997 and 1998. Under Bleil, North Texas finished in the top three in the conference in scoring defense in both years, and ranked second in the league in pass defense in 96. Two-time NFL Pro Bowler Brian Waters was an All-Big West selection for Bliel's Mean Green defense, as were three other North Texas players in that two-year span.
At San Diego State, he coached the secondary for the final eight seasons and the special teams for three. Under his direction, the Aztec secondary became a force in the Mountain West and across the nation. SDSU improved from 86th in the country in pass defense in 2002 to fourth in 2003. Aztec cornerbacks ranked first and second in the MWC in 2003 in passes defended and third for interceptions.
Prior to North Texas, Bleil was the defensive coordinator at New Mexico from 1992 to 1995. In four seasons with the Lobos, Bleil helped improve the defense from one of the worst in the nation to one of the best in the WAC.
Bliel served defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Utah State from 1986-91, and was the head coach at New Mexico Highlands from 1979 to 1982. He earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors when he led Highlands to the 1981 conference crown. He was also honored as the AFCA College Division Coach of the Year.
Bleil played football at Northern Iowa in 1967 and went on to earn his degree at Westmar College in 1971. He added a master's degree to his resume in 1972 from Eastern New Mexico.