Mike Denbrock is in his enters his third year as Washington's offensive line coach, while the 2007 season marks his seventh consecutive season as a member of coach Tyrone Willingham's offensive staff. Before coming to the UW, he coached tackles and tight ends at Notre Dame.
Denbrock's tackles and tight ends helped Irish sophomore quarterback Brady Quinn have one of the most successful passing seasons in Notre Dame history in 2004. The Irish quarterback threw for 2,586 yards, the second best single-season total in Notre Dame history.
Those players were also a contributing factor as the Irish produced 1,000-yard rushers in both of Denbrock's first two seasons in South Bend. In 2003, Julius Jones rushed for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns to become the eighth 1,000-yard rusher in school history. Jones' rushing total ranks tied for the fourth-best in Notre Dame history. Jones also rushed for more than 200 yards in a game three times in 2003, including a school-record 262-yard performance against Pittsburgh, 221 yards against Navy and 218 versus Stanford.
During his time at Notre Dame, Denbrock tutored several offensive linemen who were NFL Draft selections. In the 2004 Draft, offensive tackle Jim Molinaro was selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round. In 2003, Notre Dame had four offensive linemen taken in the draft as center Jeff Faine was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, tackle Jordan Black went in the fifth round to the Kansas City Chiefs, Sean Mahan was a fifth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and tackle Brennan Curtin was a sixth-round selection of the Green Bay Packers.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Denbrock worked in a similar capacity under Willingham for one season at Stanford in 2001. Denbrock's line helped lead the way for a Stanford rushing attack which ranked 23rd in the nation in 2001 and led the Pac-10, averaging more than 200 yards per game and scoring 27 touchdowns.
At Stanford he coached first-round NFL draft pick Kwame Harris (San Francisco 49ers in 2003) and Kirk Chambers, who was selected in the fifth round by Cleveland.
Before coming to Stanford, Denbrock was the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and offensive and defensive line coach for the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League in 1999-2000. In his second year, Denbrock helped the Destroyers land a playoff berth. His 1999 defense finished third in the league in both scoring and total defense.
Prior to his two years in Buffalo, Denbrock coached at his alma mater, Grand Valley State (1992-98), following coaching stops at Illinois State (1990-91) and Michigan State (1988-89).
At NCAA Division II Grand Valley State in Allendale, Mich., Denbrock was the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator at different times during his seven years (1992-98). He was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receivers coach from 1992-95, then switched to the defensive side of the ball, where he was the coordinator and linebackers coach from 1996-98.
Denbrock's defensive unit at Grand Valley State ranked among the nation's top 30 in total defense, scoring defense and rush defense from 1996-98. His 1996 defense led the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference and was 11th nationally in scoring defense while also leading the conference in total defense. As the offensive coordinator, Denbrock's squad was first in the MIFC in both total and scoring offense from 1992-94.
In 1995, his offense ranked eighth in the nation in scoring and 12th in total offense. Eight of his players earned first-team All-America honors during his seven years at Grand Valley State.
Following four seasons as a graduate assistant at both Michigan State (1988-89) and Grand Valley State (1986-87), Denbrock's first full-time coaching assignment came in 1990-91 as the tackles and tight ends coach at Illinois State.
A 1986 graduate of Grand Valley State, Denbrock holds a bachelor's degree in communications. As a member of Grand Valley State's football team from 1982-85, Denbrock won the Phillip Shultz Award for attitude and commitment to the football program. Born Jan. 29, 1964, in Albion, Mich., Denbrock is married to the former Dianne Swanson.