Vance Bedford returns as Defensive Backs coach
It is official! Vance Bedford is back at Michigan as the coach of the Defensive Backs. According to an article in the February 13, 2007, edition of the Tulsa World, Bedford was scheduled to fly to Ann Arbor on Tuesday morning. This will be Coach Bedford's second stint with the Wolverines as he was the secondary coach for four (4) seasons from 1995-1998. His prior stint included the National Championship season of 1997 when his star pupil was Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson. Bedford now returns to Michigan from Oklahoma State University (OSU) where he has spent the last two seasons as Defensive Coordinator. Prior to becoming the Defensive Coordinator at OSU, Bedford spent six years in the NFL coaching the defensive backs for the Chicago Bears.
As a player, Bedford was a four-year letterman and starter at the University of Texas and was the defensive MVP at the 1982 Senior Bowl. He played professionally with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 and with the Oklahoma Outlaws in 1984. His return to the Michigan coaching staff was a poorly kept secret but good news nonetheless. The Wolverines had a rough year in 2006 in terms of pass defense and Bedford is just the man to get the team ready for the 2007 campaign. Go Blue!