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Rick Minter

Senior Defensive Analyst


Rick Minter brings over 40 seasons of coaching experience to the Bolts as senior defensive analyst, most recently spending time at the University of Michigan as a defensive analyst for two seasons (2022-23), adding interim linebackers coach responsibilities the final five games of the 2023 season. He was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1994-2003, leading the Bearcats to three-straight Bowl games during his tenure. Minter then was the defensive coordinator at South Carolina (2004), Notre Dame (2005-07) and Marshall (2008-09), before adding interim head coach responsibilities for Marshall, leading the Thundering Herd to a victory in the Little Caesars Bowl following the 2009 season.

In the first NFL experience of his career, Minter coached linebackers for the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons (2013-15). He helped the Eagles win the NFC East in his first year and tutored Connor Barwin to earn Pro Bowl recognition and an AP first-team All-Pro selection following the 2014 season. Minter began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Henderson State in 1977. He held the same title at Arkansas in 1978 prior to coaching defensive ends at Louisiana Tech and North Carolina State. Minter spent one season (1984) coaching linebackers at New Mexico State before becoming defensive coordinator at Ball State from 1985-91 and Notre Dame from 1992-93.