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December 14, 2011

DeRuyter outlines clear goals for Fresno

In his introductory press conference on Wednesday afternoon, new Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter outlined several changes coming to the football program.

But one goal will not change.

"My goal is to build a championship team," DeRuyter said. "We are going to build a team who are going to win over the hearts and minds of this Valley."

DeRuyter, who was the defensive coordinator and interim head coach at Texas A&M, will stay with the Aggies and coach in the bowl game before taking over full-time at Fresno State.

DeRuyter said that he plans to install a 3-4 defense with the mission of pressuring the quarterback. He compared the defense that he runs to that of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We are going to play tough, physical, fundamental football," DeRuyter said.

Offensively, DeRuyter said that he plans to run a spread-type offense that will be up tempo. That's also in contrast to what the Bulldogs have run in the past - a more hard-nosed style of offense.

"Having grown up in southern California and seeing what coach (Jim) Sweeney and coach (Pat) Hill did with this program, I know what this potential is for this program," DeRuyter said. "Being a head coach is a huge factor in it but being here in Fresno and seeing the potential in it and realizing that we have the ability to take that next step and win championships."

DeRuyter takes over for Hill, who was dismissed on Dec. 4, after completing a disappointing 4-9 season in the WAC, which ended with a 35-28 loss to San Diego State on Dec. 3. Hill coached the Bulldogs for 15 seasons, compiling a 112-80 record over his tenure.

"A lot of times, when you become a head coach, you take over a program that is nowhere near the shape that this program is in," DeRuyter said. "Coach Hill is an icon and will always be an icon here ... and we are going to build on that."

DeRuyter said that while he does plan on making changes, he doesn't want to move too far off course in regards to overall goals, which includes winning conference titles, honoring the tradition of the program and recapturing the attention of the both top recruits and the community at large.

"We are going to capture the hearts of the Valley and make this the Valley's team," he said. "We are going to win every day and create champions who do things in life with great character, class, and integrity. Those are going to be terms you hear a lot."

Stay with TheBulldogReport.com for more on Fresno State's new coach, Tim DeRuyter.

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