Feb. 1, 2007
First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh today named D.J. Durkin defensive ends and special teams coach. Durkin coached linebackers and special teams the past two seasons at Bowling Green University.
Durkin, a 2001 graduate of Bowling Green, began his coaching career with the Falcons as a graduate assistant in 2001 and '02. He then spent two seasons at Notre Dame (2003, 2004) as a defensive assistant before returning to his alma mater in 2005 as a defensive ends coach. He added the title of Special Teams Coordinator for the 2006 season.
While at Notre Dame, Durkin assisted the staff in all aspects on defense with particular emphasis on working with the defensive ends, where he coached the school's all-time sack leader, Justin Tuck, in `04. Durkin was also part of the Irish staff that led Notre Dame to the 2004 Insight.com Bowl.
Following his playing career, Durkin was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green during the 2001 and '02 seasons coaching the defensive ends. In 2002, the Falcons were 9-3 and ranked in the top 20 of both major polls. In 2001, the Bowling Green defense was first in the conference in total defense, as well as four other major defensive categories.
A four-year starter at defensive end and outside linebacker for the Falcons as a player from 1997-2000, he was elected a two-year captain by his teammates. He started 33 games in his career and recorded 131 career tackles, including 28 for loss. He led the team in sacks in 1998 and finished second on the team in that category in 2000. He also received a number of awards during his career including the Ken Schoeni Award for character and toughness, the Carlos Jackson Award for personifying the values of a true student-athlete and the Leadership Award for displaying great leadership. Durkin played three seasons at Boardman High School where he was an All-Conference and All-Northeast Ohio selection. He earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing from Bowling Green in 2001, and earned his master's degree in educational administration and supervision, in May 2004.