Updated August 17, 2016
Now in his fourth season as the Blue Jays’ defensive coordinator is Mickey Rehring, who is entering his fifth season as a member of head coach Jim Margraff’s staff. Rehring joined the staff in 2012 and coached the JHU linebackers while also serving as the special teams coordinator.
The first four seasons of Rehring’s tenure have been among the most successful in school history as JHU has compiled a 42-5 record, won four Centennial Conference titles and made four appearances in the NCAA Playoffs since he arrived.
In his first season as the defensive coordinator, Rehring directed a unit that finished fifth in the nation in third-down percentage against (.266), eighth in sacks per game (3.45), 15th against the run (100.2 yards/game) and in the top 40 in several other categories. His unit followed that up in 2014 by allowing just 15.2 points and 308.4 yards per game and held 10 of 12 opponents to 20 points or less.
Rehring’s aggressive unit fueled last season’s 11-1 record and trip to the second round of the NCAAs as it produced 38 turnovers – the third-highest single-season total in school history. The Blue Jay defense produced a pair of All-Americans and the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well.
Rehring wasted little time making an impact on the Blue Jay defense as he coached senior linebacker Taylor Maciow to Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012. The Blue Jay defense ranked among the top 40 in the nation in rushing, scoring and total defense while also ranking 14th in sacks.
Rehring came to Johns Hopkins after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Bowdoin (ME), where he coached the Polar Bear defensive line and also served as the special teams coach. Rehring’s defensive line fueled a Bowdoin defense that ranked among the nation’s best in 2011. The Polar Bears finished in the top 50 nationally in five different statistical categories that year, including 16th in total defense, 19th in passing yards allowed per game and 21st in scoring defense.
Rehring arrived at Homewood with an extensive familiarity with the Centennial Conference as he played four years of college football at Franklin & Marshall. He was a four-year starter for the Diplomats on the defensive line and earned Second Team All-Centennial honors as a sophomore. Rehring helped guide the Diplomats to a share of the 2004 Centennial Conference title and the 2004 ECAC Southwest Championship as well. F&M also advanced to the ECAC Southeast Bowl in 2005 and Rehring concluded his career with 133 tackles, 15.5 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks.
Rehring and his wife, Trish, were married in July 2014 and reside in Baltimore.