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Brian Callahan
Position: Assistant Coach - Offensive Line
Year: Freshman
Alma Mater: Eastern Illinois
Graduating Year: 1992
Eligibility: Freshman
Phone: (269) 387-8602
Email: brian.callahan@wmich.edu
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Brian Callahan officially joined the Western Michigan Broncos on Jan. 11, 2013. Callahan returns to the Mid-American Conference after coaching the offensive line at Akron from 2004-09.

Callahan coached two MAC All-Conference selections in 2015 in first-team selection Willie Beavers and third-team selection Taylor Moton. Beavers became the first Bronco offensive lineman to earn First-Team honors since Dann O’Neill in 2012 and just the second lineman since 2001. 

As a group, the Bronco line paved the way for redshirt running back Jamauri Bogan to rush for 1,051 yards, and earn MAC Freshman of the Year. It is the first time since 2008-09 that WMU has had a 1,000 yard rusher in back-to-back seasons.

Overall, the Broncos rushed for 204.6 yards per game, good for second in the MAC and 29th in the country. Western Michigan also punched it in on the ground for 28 rushing TDs good for 30th in the country with an average of 2.2 per game.

Individually, Beavers was invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and NFL Combine after the season. NFL.com projects Beavers as the fifth best tackle in the draft. The Broncos have not had an offensive lineman drafted since 1995. 

In his second season Callahan helped produce All-MAC honorees in Willie Beavers (2nd) and James Kristof (3rd) that anchored an offensive line that also helped produce the MAC Freshman/Offensive Player of the Year in Jarvion Franklin.

Callahan came to WMU from his alma mater, coaching at Eastern Illinois since the 2010 season. He helped lead the Panthers to the 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and into the Division I FCS Playoffs. EIU finished seventh in the total offense, sixth in passing offense and eighth in scoring offense in 2012.

While at Akron, Callahan helped the Zips to their first ever MAC Championship in 2005 and a berth in the 2005 Motor City Bowl. He was the program's run game coordinator from 2005-09, helping the Zips to a win over North Carolina State in 2006 and the most improved offense in the nation in 2008.  Callahan coached the tight ends and offensive line during his four-year tenure at the University of Texas-El Paso, helping the Miners to the 2000 Western Athletic Conference title and the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl. 

Callahan has coached and/or recruited three players that have gone on to be NFL draft selections during his time at UTEP and Akron. He started his coaching career in 1992 at the high school level and quickly rose through the ranks spending time at Louisville, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh.

Callahan (43/DOB: 1-24-1969) and his wife Jennifer have three children, Lauren, Grace and Kevin.

Coach Callahan's Coaching History
1992-93 Gordon Tech High School, Offensiv Line Coach
1993 Eastern Illinois, Restricted Earnings Coach
1994 Louisville, Graduate Assistant
1995 Oklahoma, Graduate Assistant
1996-97 Pittsburgh, Graduate Assistant
1998 Northern Michigan, Offensive Line Coach
1999 Northern Michigan, Offensive Coord/Recruiting Coord
2000 Texas El-Paso, Tight Ends Coach
2001-03 Texas-El Paso, Offensive Line Coach
2004 Akron, Offensive Line Coach
2005-09 Akron, Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coord
2010-12 Eastern Illinois, Offensive Line Coach
2013- Western Michigan, Offensive Line Coach

 

WMU All-Conference Honorees under Callahan
2015 Willie Beavers (LT), First Team
  Taylor Moton (RT) Third Team
2014 Willie Beavers (LT), Second Team
  James Kristof (LG), Third Team
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