Dave Aranda returns for his third season as Wisconsin's defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach in 2015.
|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 co-defensive coordinator (2007)
Hawai'i defensive line coach (2008-09)
Hawai'i defensive coordinator (2010-11)
Utah State defensive coordinator (2012)
Wisconsin defensive coordinator (2013-present)
| 2000 Houston (Texas Tech)
2001 Alamo (Texas Tech)
2003 Hawai'i (Houston)
2008 Hawai'i Bowl (Hawai'i)
2010 Hawai'i Bowl (Hawai'i)
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Utah State)
2014 Capital One (Wisconsin)
2015 Outback Bowl (Wisconsin)
Under Aranda's watch, Wisconsin's defense has allowed an average of 299.4 yards per game, ranking third among FBS programs over the last two seasons and trailing only Louisville (280.5) and Michigan State (282.9).
The Badgers have allowed an average of 18.6 points per game over the last two seasons, the sixth-best mark in the FBS during that span.
Wisconsin also ranks No. 5 nationally in passing defense over the past two seasons at 184.6 yards allowed per game and No. 7 in rushing defense at 114.7 yards allowed per contest. The Badgers have allowed just 27 rushing touchdowns in the 27 games Aranda has coached.
Aranda has mentored a pair of first-team All-Big Ten inside linebackers in Chris Borland (2013) and Derek Landisch (2014) among the 12 All-Big Ten honors earned by UW's defensive players over the past two seasons.
Borland was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American as a senior and was a third-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Aranda also saw NG Beau Allen (Philadelphia) and S Dezmen Southward (Atlanta) selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Badgers finished the 2014 season ranked 17th nationally in scoring defense at 20.8 points per game and 4th in total defense at 294.1 yards per game. UW stacked up No. 4 nationally in passing defense (168.0 yards per game) and 23rd in rushing defense (126.1 ypg).
In an impressive debut season, 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.
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 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.
Aranda spent the 2012 season 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.