ASU hires another assistant coach

Arizona State coach Todd Graham has hired Joe Lorig, Central Washington's defensive coordinator, for an as-of-yet undisclosed staff position, the school announced Tuesday.

Here's the news release:

Joe Lorig has been added to the Arizona State University football coaching staff, head coach Todd Graham has announced. Lorig recently completed his fourth season as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Central Washington University.

During his time at Central Washington, the Wildcats posted a 34-12 record with three Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships and two appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Lorig, whose Wildcat defense routinely placed among the top 10 in the nation in total defense, was named the 2010 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Assistant Coach of the Year.

In 2009, his defense led the NCAA Division II in scoring defense (11.9 points/game), and ranked third nationally in rushing defense (58.6 yards/game) and fourth in total defense (249.3 yards/game), earning him a spot as a finalist for the FootballScoop Division II Coordinator of the Year. His efforts helped the Wildcats finish that year at 12-1, earn a No. 1 national ranking in the final poll of the regular season and advance to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

In 2007, Lorig served as the linebackers coach at the University of Texas at El Paso. He spent one season on head coach Mike Price's staff before moving back to the Pacific Northwest to join the CWU coaching staff. Prior to UTEP, Lorig spent eight seasons as a defensive assistant with Idaho State University. He coached the linebackers and safeties at ISU, and was the defensive coordinator for head coach Larry Lewis from 2003-06.

His coaching career began as an assistant at Western Oregon, where he helped guide his alma mater to the 1997 Columbia Football Association championship and a berth in the NAIA post-season. A two-time All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) honoree at cornerback at Walla Walla Community College, Lorig played his final two years of collegiate football at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University), where he was a team captain.

He has mentored a number of professional players, including Jared Allen, an All-Pro defensive end from Idaho State who plays with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League, Pago Togafau of the Arizona Cardinals, Jeff Charleston, the starting defensive end for the New Orleans Saints and Adam Bighill, a Division II All-American linebacker from CWU who was a rookie on the Grey Cup champion British Columbia Lions in 2011.

Lorig earned both his bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement (1995) and his master’s in Correctional Administration (1997) from Western Oregon. A native of Edmonds, Wash., and an avid outdoorsman, his family includes his wife, Becky, and children: son, Tyler, and daughters, Jordan and Emma.