Craig Blanchard
Craig Blanchard
Title: Defensive Coordinator
Phone: (517) 607-3147
Email: cblanchard@hillsdale.edu
Tenure: 19th year at Hillsdale
Recruiting Territories: Indiana

Craig Blanchard has served as the Chargers Defensive Coordinator going into his 14th season.  Prior to his current position he was the DB and LB coach for 4 seasons here at Hillsdale College.  Blanchard oversaw one of the Top defenses in the GMAC conference this past year.  Finishing 1st in 3 different categories on Defense: Rush Defense: (110 yds./gm.), Opponents 1st Downs: (14/gm.), and 3rd Down conversion % at (24.4%).  The defensive also finished 2nd in 4 different categories: Total Defense (302), Scoring Defense (15.7/gm), Red Zone Defense (66.7%), 4th Dn. (36.2%).

During his 38-year coaching career, Blanchard has served as Defensive Coordinator at University of Indianapolis (1994-2000), Kalamazoo College (1993), Jonesville High School (1981 & 1985), and currently here at Hillsdale College.

Blanchard has coached 7 All-Americans during his career:

Name

School

Year

Position

Nick Hixson

Hillsdale College

2011

Corner

Matt Baltzer

Hillsdale College

2001

LB

Josh Gentry

U. of Indianapolis

1999

LB

Ted Liette

U. of Indianapolis

1998 &1997

LB

David Cook

Saginaw Valley

1991

FS

Steve Dickenson

Hillsdale College

1986

FS

Paul Mackey

Hillsdale College

1985

Corner

 

Blanchard Played at GVSU form 1977 through the 1980 season for the Lakers.  He played running back for 2 season and switched over to defense and played corner where he lead the team and GLIAC in interceptions his Senior Season.  Earning him 1st team all-conference and all district 23 teams.  Blanchard helped the Lakers win 2 conference championships (77’ and 78’).  Blanchard graduated with as B.A. & S. degree in Education.

Blanchard played his prep football at Jonesville High School.  During his Senior Season, lead his team to a 8-1 record.  He earned 1st team all Big-8 conference and 1st team All-State Class C where he lead the state in rushing with (1705 yds).

Blanchard and his Wife Melanie reside in the Hillsdale area.  Melanie works for Hospice of Hillsdale County.  They raised four children that went on to get their degrees and played in Intercollegiate Athletics.  Lauren-Adrian College, Softball, c, Kathryn, U. of Indianapolis, Softball.  Michael-Hillsdale College, Football & Baseball (1st team all-GLIAC in both sports)   Aaron-Adrian College, Football.

Blanchard’s coaching career

2005- present

Hillsdale College

Defensive Coordinator/LB’s

2001-2004

Hillsdale College

LB, DB

1994-2000

University of Indianapolis

DB, LB

1993

Kalamazoo College

Defensive Coordinator/DB’s

1987-92

Saginaw Valley

DB’s

1986

Eastern Michigan University

OLB

1985

Jonesville High School

Defensive Coordinator/LB’s

1982-1984

Hillsdale College

DB’s

1981

Jonesville High School

Defensive Coordinator/LB’s