The NFL’s New York Giants announced on Monday that they have hired Pat Shurmur as their new head coach for the 2018 NFL season.
The former Michigan State player and coach will take over a team that went 3-13 in 2017.
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Shurmur was previously a member of the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff, where he spent the last two seasons. In 2016, he was hired as the team’s tight ends coach before taking over as the offensive coordinator later that season. Shurmur returned to the offensive coordinator role for the Vikings in 2017, helping them reach the NFC Championship game where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Shurmur will be coaching his third NFL team. His first head coaching job came with the Cleveland Browns from 2011-12, where he went 9-23 in two seasons. Shurmur also served as the interim head coach of the Eagles in 2015 for one game after the team fired then-head coach Chip Kelly.
Although he has been coaching in the NFL since 1999, Shurmur started his coaching career with the Spartans in 1988 as a graduate assistant. This led to him serving as Michigan State’s tight ends, offensive line and special teams coach from 1990-97.
As a player, Shurmur was a four-year letterman for Michigan State from 1983-87. He played linebacker and guard as a freshman, but moved to center for his final three seasons with the Spartans.