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Darrell Hazell
Wide Receivers

BIOGRAPHY

Darrell Hazell completed his 1st season as the team’s WRs coach, after spending a majority of the last 30 years in the college coaching ranks. Most recently, Hazell served as the head coach at Purdue University and Kent State University. 

The Vikings mark the 2nd NFL stop for Hazell during his 31-year coaching career, spending a short stint in Oakland as a coaching intern under Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. While in Oakland, he also worked with Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown. His coaching career began in the college ranks, serving 30 years as an offensive coach at various institutions.

Darrell Hazell completed his 1st season as the team’s WRs coach, after spending a majority of the last 30 years in the college coaching ranks. Most recently, Hazell served as the head coach at Purdue University and Kent State University.

The Vikings mark the 2nd NFL stop for Hazell during his 31-year coaching career, spending a short stint in Oakland as a coaching intern under Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. While in Oakland, he also worked with Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown. His coaching career began in the college ranks, serving 30 years as an offensive coach at various institutions.           

Hazell inherits a group ripe with young talent, including 2016 breakout star Adam Thielen and 2015 PFWA All-Rookie team member Stefon Diggs. Thielen and Diggs became the first Vikings WR duo to each reach the 900-yard plateau since 2000 when Randy Moss and Cris Carter combined for 2,711 receiving yards. He will also be tasked with tutoring 2016 1st round pick Laquon Treadwell.

Prior to joining the Vikings, Hazell was the head coach at Purdue University and oversaw a team active in the community and classroom. The Boilermakers 2016 spring semester GPA of 2.89 was the highest mark since 2001 and earned them the athletics department Provost Award for having the most improved GPA from the fall to spring semester.

Hazell received his 1st head coaching gig at Kent State from 2011-12. He finished with a 16-10 overall record and in 2012 led the Golden Flashes to their 1st bowl game in 40 years. The 2012 squad won the school’s 1st-ever MAC East Division Championship after finishing with a school-record 11 wins and an 11-3 overall record. The impressive season earned Hazell 2012 MAC Coach of the Year honors as he saw the team rise to as high as No. 17 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Prior to his time in Kent, Hazell spent 7 years on the Ohio State staff under Hall of Fame coach Jim Tressel. He joined the staff in 2004 as the WRs/KRs coach before being promoted to assistant head coach/WRs coach from 2005-10. During that 6-year stretch the Buckeyes won 6 consecutive Big Ten Conference championships and played in back-to-back national championship games in 2007 and 2008.

Hazell tutored many NFL-caliber WRs at Ohio State including Corey Brown, Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Brian Hartline, Santonio Holmes, DeVier Posey, Brian Robiskie and Dane Sanzenbacher. He also helped mentor dual-threat QBs Troy Smith and Terrelle Pryor, who eventually made the switch to wide receiever when entering the NFL. 

Oberlin College was the 1st coaching opportunity for Hazell as he served as RBs coach from 1986-87 right out of college. After a short stint at Easter Illinois Hazell would return to Oberlin and serve as the offensive coordinator for 2 years. From there Hazell moved on to Pennsylvania (1992-94), Western Michigan (1995-96), U.S. Military Academy (1997-98), West Virginia (1999-00) and Rutgers (2001-03). At each stop in his coaching journey Hazell has coached either WRs or RBs, with a short stint coaching TEs while with the U.S. Military Academy.

The Cinnaminson, New Jersey native attended and graduated from Muskingum College in 1986 with a degree in speech communications and business. He was a 3-time all-conference selection as a WR and earned All-America honors as a senior. His school records for career receptions (132) and receiving yards (1,966) still stand. Darrell and his wife, Annmarie, have a son, Kyle.

Hazell’s Background

Player

1982-85           Muskingum // WR

Coaching

1986-87           Oberline // RBs

1988...             Eastern Illinois // RBs/WRs

1989-91            Oberlin // Offensive Coordinator

1992-94           Pennsylvania // RBs

1995-96           Western Michigan // WRs

1997-98           US Military Academy // WRs/TEs

1998...             Oakland Raiders / WRs Intern

1999-00           West Virginia // RBs

2001-02          Rutgers // WRs

2003..             Rutgers // Assistant Head Coach

200....             Ohio State // WRs/KRs

2005-10          Ohio State // Assistant Head Coach/WRs

2011-12             Kent State // Head Coach

2013-16            Purdue // Head Coach

2017-               Minnesota Vikings // WRs