Dave Aranda is in his second season as the Badgers' defensive coordinator. In an impressive debut at Wisconsin in 2013, Aranda installed his 3-4 defense and guided the Badgers to a top-20 ranked defense in all four major defensive statistical categories: scoring defense (6th), total defense (7th), rushing defense (5th) and passing defense (17th).
The Badgers held 5 of 13 opponents without a touchdown and seven teams to 10 points or fewer. On average, Wisconsin kept its opponents 12.1 points below their season scoring average.
|Aranda at a Glance
|California Lutheran, 1999
| California Lutheran graduate assistant (1996-98)
Texas Tech graduate assistant (1999-2001)
Houston linebackers coach (2002-03)
California Lutheran defensive coordinator (2005-06)
Delta State codefensive coordinator (2007)
Hawaii defensive line coach (2008-09)
Hawaii defensive coordinator (2010-11)
Utah State defensive coordinator (2012)
Wisconsin defensive coordinator (2003-present)
| 2000 Houston
2012 Famous Idaho Potato
2014 Capital One
UW's defense didn't surrender much in the way of yardage, either, holding 6 of 13 opponents to fewer than 250 yards of total offense.
In addition to the outstanding overall numbers in 2013, Aranda's defense was at its best in pressure situations. Wisconsin ranked fourth nationally in opponent third-down conversion percentage (30.7 percent) and second in forcing three-and-outs (44.2 percent of opponents' drives). The Badgers were also ranked sixth in opponent red zone attempts (33) and allowed touchdowns on just 42.2 percent of those opponents' red-zone trips, ranking No. 3 nationally.
The Badgers were especially stifling against opponents' rushing attacks, with UW holding each of its 13 opponents below their rushing average for the season. Individually, Wisconsin allowed just one 100-yard rushing performance by an opposing player in 2013.
As UW's linebackers coach, Aranda mentored senior Chris Borland, who was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and became the Badgers' first first-team All-American at linebacker since 1951. Borland, who was also a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Butkus awards, finished his career as the Big Ten record-holder and ranked No. 2 in FBS history with 15 forced fumbles. He posted eight double-digit tackle games in 2013 and finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 420 total stops.
Borland was selected by San Francisco in the 2014 NFL Draft, joining nose guard Beau Allen (Philadelphia) and safety Dezmen Southward (Atlanta) to give Aranda's defense a total of three drafted players.
Aranda spent the 2012 season with UW head coach Gary Andersen at Utah State. As the defensive coordinator at USU, he oversaw an Aggies defense that ranked eighth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 15.4 points per game.
In addition to scoring defense, Utah State also ranked among the top 15 nationally in sacks (eighth), pass efficiency defense (10th), rush defense (12th) and total defense (15th). In the red zone, the Aggies were particularly effective, allowing opponents to score on just 63.6 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line, a mark that tied them for third in the country in red zone defense. USU opponents scored just 13 TDs in 44 red zone opportunities (29.5 percent).
Prior to his season at Utah State, Aranda spent four years at Hawai`i, the last two as the Warriors' defensive coordinator after coaching UH's defensive line his first two years.
During the 2011 season at Hawai`i, Aranda's defense led the Western Athletic Conference and was tied for 15th in the FBS in sacks with 35.
In 2010, Aranda's Hawai`i defense led the nation in turnovers caused (38), while ranking second in the nation in interceptions (23) and ninth in fumbles recovered (15), as well as tying the school record for most defensive touchdowns with five.
Prior to Hawai`i, Aranda coached at Delta State University in 2007, where he served as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Following the season, he signed on to become Southern Utah's defensive coordinator for new head coach Ed Lamb and was on the job for one month before head coach Greg McMackin called and asked Aranda to join the Hawai`i staff.
In one year at Delta State, Aranda helped the school win the Gulf South Conference and lead NCAA Division II in pass efficiency defense, ranking second in total and scoring defense, and third in run defense.
Before Delta State, Aranda spent two years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at his alma mater, California Lutheran, where the Kingsmen led the conference in scoring defense and total defense. It was his second go-around with California Lutheran after serving as an assistant from 1996-99, while finishing his degree.
From 2002-03, Aranda was the linebackers coach at the University of Houston. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.
After he graduated from Redlands High School in California in 1994, numerous surgeries followed and ended his playing career. In 1995, he started his coaching resume at Redlands as an assistant coach. Aranda graduated from California Lutheran in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. In 2002, he earned his master's degree in interdisciplinary studies at Texas Tech.
Aranda and his wife, Dione, have two daughters, Jaelyn and Jordyn, and a son, Ronin.