The Wolverines have their man.
Michigan’s football program has officially announced the hire of a new senior defensive analyst.
Former Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa has been hired by the Wolverines.
Here's the official release from Michigan:
"Kevin is a great addition to our football program and defensive staff," said Harbaugh. "He adds a wealth of experience and knowledge on the defensive side of the ball, and Kevin's working relationship with Coach (Don) Brown will be a big asset for our team. I have known and have had a deep, abiding respect for Coach Lempa as a coach and a good man. We are excited to have Kevin, his wife, Sara, and their adult children, Christopher and Tara, join the Michigan football family and university community."
"I am very excited and honored to become part of Coach Harbaugh's staff," said Lempa. "I am also fired up to be working with Coach Brown again."
Lempa joins the U-M staff with a track record of leading some of the top defensive units in college football. He brings more than 42 years of coaching experience at the college and pro levels, including five seasons as a defensive coordinator.
He comes to Ann Arbor from the University of Hawaii, where he was serving as defensive coordinator for the second time in his career (2000-02, 2016). Lempa's first stretch with Hawaii was a successful one. His 2001 Warriors led the nation in fumble recoveries (21), and the following year produced 25 turnovers with then-program records in defensive scoring (32 points) and pick-sixes (four). The defense had 32 interceptions over his two seasons leading the unit.
Lempa worked with Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown as the defensive backs coach at Boston College (2013-15), where he coached the nation's top defense in 2015. His teams have played in 13 bowl games, and he has helped guide nine players to NFL careers, as well as many more to All-ACC, All-WAC, All-Ivy League, All-Big East, All-ECAC and All-America honors.
Lempa has a history with Don Brown, and should be a great fit with the Wolverines program.