Eureka College graduate Deric Linder enters his ninth season on the Eureka coaching staff in 2018 and serves as the Red Devils’ defensive coordinator.
Linder has helped steadily improve the Red Devils’ defensive unit since his arrival in 2010 and will enter the 2018 campaign one season removed from directing a group that allowed only 257.1 yards per game, 14th-fewest in Division III. The 2017 Red Devils allowed only 119 first downs in the regular season, sixth-fewest in the country. In 2016, Linder guided the Red Devils to their best defensive effort in nearly three decades. Eureka ranked 17th nationally in total defense and limited opponents to just 17.4 points per game in 2016, the lowest average by EC opponents since 1991. The Red Devils held the opposition to two touchdowns or less in seven of the 10 games.
The 2013 defensive unit limited opponents to only 18.6 points per game, the lowest mark among UMAC teams. Linder has also coached at least one All-UMAC player each year he has served as defensive coordinator, including a D3football.com All-Region selection for Trever Zeibert in 2016.
Linder came to Eureka after an assistant coaching stint at prep powerhouse Metamora from 2003 until 2009. He was the defensive coordinator of the Redbirds’ 2009 4A state championship team and the secondary coach on the 2007 team that won the 5A title. Linder remains the softball head coach at Metamora and guided the Redbirds to an IHSA 3A state title in 2010.
Linder and his wife Kim have three children, Kaylie, and twins Reagan and Morgan.