- Hired as the 17th head football coach in San Diego State history on December 16, 2008.
- In his first season as the Aztecs' head coach, Hoke doubled SDSU's win total, carrying postseason hopes late into the year.
- Was one of three first-year head coaches nationally to increase his school's win total by at least two victories over the previous season in 2009.
- Improved San Diego State's scoring margin by 129 points a year ago. That was the largest scoring margin improvement in the Mountain West Conference last season and ranked 14th nationally.
- Coached five all-MWC performers in 2009, including second-team selections and 2010 returnees Vincent Brown, DeMarco Sampson and Brian Stahovich. Brown was also one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top wide receiver.
- Also had 11 MWC All-Academic selections and four MWC Players of the Week.
- Served as head coach at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., for six seasons (2003-08), leading the Cardinals to a pair of bowl game appearances.
- One of 10 finalists for the 2008 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award.
- Was named Mid-American Coach of the Year in 2008 and American Football Coaches Association Football Bowl Subdivision Region 3 Coach of the Year.
- In his sixth and final year as head coach of the Cardinals, Hoke guided Ball State to its best season in program history, recording a school-record 12 wins and completing an undefeated Mid-American Conference regular-season campaign with an 8-0 mark in 2008.
- Ball State made its' first-ever appearance in the national polls in his final year, ranking as high as 12th by the Associated Press and 13th in the USA Today Coaches poll.
- Hoke led the Cardinals to back-to-back bowl game appearances (2007-08), the first time the feat was accomplished in school history. The 2008 team, which also advanced to its first MAC championship contest, earned an invitation to the GMAC Bowl in Alabama.
- Ball State won its 12 games by an average of 21 points and scored a school-record 476 points, including a program-best 62 touchdowns with Hoke at the helm.
- In 2008, the Cardinals were 11th in the nation in total offense, averaging just over 450 yards per contest. They were also fifth in sacks allowed (0.92), sixth in passing efficiency (164.4) and first in fewest penalties per game (2.77) through their first 13 games.
- Ball State boasted the nation's No. 5 rusher in MiQuale Lewis (124.0 ypg.) and No. 13 rated passer in Nate Davis (156.97 efficiency). Davis, who was also 19th in total offense (278.79 ypg.), was tabbed the MAC offensive player of the year, throwing for over 3,000 yards for the second straight campaign and ended up as a finalist for the Manning Award, presented to the nation's best quarterback. Davis was one of seven Ball State players named first-team all-MAC and finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
- Quarterback Nate Davis and offensive lineman Robert Brewster were each selected in the 2009 NFL Draft with Davis going in the fifth round to the San Francisco 49ers and Brewster tabbed by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round. Brewster is Ball State's highest Draft pick since 1976.
- In 2007, Ball State made its first bowl game appearance in 11 years, earning a bid to the International Bowl in Toronto as MAC co-west division champions. The Cardinals finished with a 7-6 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in conference action, and had four players earn first-team all-league accolades.
- A school-record three Ball State players were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft in Justin Beriault (Cowboys), Reggie Hodges (Rams) and Dante Ridgeway (Rams). Ridgeway ended his career as the Cardinals' all-time leading receiver with 238 receptions for over 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns in only three seasons from 2002-04. He was a second-team All-American as well as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award his final campaign.
- Hoke also helped tutor Ray Guy Award semifinalist punter Chris Miller, who was an AFCA first-team All-American in 2007, and a Sporting News second-team pick in 2006. Place-kicker Brian Johnson and tight end Darius Hill were both named semifinalists for the Lou Groza and John Mackey Awards, respectively.
- Hoke's players excelled in the classroom, as Ball State posted a Academic Progress Report score of 945 out of 1,000 in 2008, ranking second in the MAC. Offensive lineman Travis Barclay twice was named a first-team Academic All-American and received the program's first NCAA postgraduate scholarship in over a decade in 2003. Overall, 10 Ball State players garnered league all-academic honors from 2003-07.
- Prior to returning to his alma mater, Hoke spent eight seasons as an assistant at the University of Michigan, including a 1997 campaign that saw the Wolverines claim the national championship and earn a No. 1 ranking in total defense.
- Under head coach Lloyd Carr, he served as defensive ends coach from 1995-96, defensive line coach from 1997-2002 and ended his stay in Ann Arbor as associate head coach in 2002.
- Michigan advanced to eight straight bowl games during his tenure, posted a 76-23 overall record, claimed at least 10 games on four occasions and won the Big Ten in 1997, 1998 and 2000.
- Hoke helped tutor three Wolverine All-Americans on the D-line, including defensive end Glen Steele and nose tackles William Carr and Rob Renes, all of whom were NFL Draft picks.
- After stops as an assistant at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86) and Toledo (1987-88), Hoke ventured out west for a six-year stay at Oregon State, where he coached the Beavers' defensive line (1989, 1991-94) and inside linebackers (1990), before taking the position at Michigan.
- Began his coaching career as an assistant at Yorktown High School (Ind.) from 1981-82.
- Hoke was a defensive standout for Ball State as a student-athlete, lettering four times from 1977-80, and serving as team captain as a senior.
- His junior campaign, Hoke posted 95 tackles and as a senior, he had a team-best 150 stops to rank sixth in the MAC and garner second-team all-league honors.
- As a sophomore, he ranked third on the team in tackles and helped the Cardinals to the 1978 MAC championship with an 8-0 record, the only other time Ball State finished a league campaign undefeated prior to 2008.
- Graduated from Fairmont East High School in Kettering, Ohio, in 1977. Hoke earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Ball State in 1982.
- Hoke is married to the former Laura Homberger and the couple has a daughter, Kelly. His brother, Jon, was an assistant coach at San Diego State from 1987-88 under Denny Stolz, and is currently the defensive backs coach with the Chicago Bears.