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Josh Conklin was named head football coach at Wofford on Tuesday. Here, he is pictured as defensive coordinator at the Citadel in 2011. File/Staff

Wofford has hired former Citadel defensive coordinator Josh Conklin to become the school's next head football coach.

Wofford announced Tuesday that it was bringing Conklin back. The South Dakota State alum served as an assistant coach for the Terriers from 2007-09.

Conklin spent the past three seasons as a defensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh. Before that, he made a name for himself in the same position at Florida International and South Dakota State.

“Josh is the complete package,” Wofford athletics director Richard Johnson said in a press release. “He has the Wofford DNA we were looking for along with a great depth and breadth of external experience.”

Conklin comes in following the retirement of Mike Ayers, who coached the Terriers for 30 years.

Ayers posted a record of 207-139-1 at Wofford and led the team to five Southern Conference championships. That includes a 10-3 record and a league championship in 2017. The Terriers made the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs the last two seasons.

Conklin said he hopes to build on the legacy Ayers created while wearing black and gold.

“Following in his footsteps is a great honor and we are excited to be coming back to Wofford,” he said.

As a defense specialist at the Citadel, Conklin made sure the Bulldogs were among the best in the SoCon. For example, the team held seven of 11 opponents to under 20 points in 2011.

He continued building his resume at Florida International as the defensive coordinator and assistant coach from 2013-2014.

His final year there, Conklin was nominated for the Broyles Award, given to the best assistant coach in college football. That year, FIU ranked first nationally in fumble recoveries, second in defensive touchdowns and fourth in turnovers.

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