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 is the Chargers' defensive coordinator, and heads into his 18th season at Hillsdale College in 2019. He is well-versed in all aspects of coaching a defense, having spent time specializing coaching defensive backs and linebackers. He helped field one of the top defenses in the GLIAC during the team's run of two conference titles and two playoff appearances from 2007-12. More recently, his units in 2017 and 2018 ranked near the top of the G-MAC across the board, and his 2018 squad boasted the conference's top defensive back in Wyatt Batdorff, and top defensive end in Zach VanValkenburg. 

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 8 All-Americans during his career:

Name

School

Year

Position

Wyatt Batdorff

Hillsdale College

2018

Defensive Back

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  First-Team all Big-8 conference and Class C First-Team All-State  where he lead the state in rushing with 1705 yards that season.

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, who played softball at Adrian College; Kathryn, who played softball at the University of Indianapolis; Michael, who was an All-Conference baseball and football player at Hillsdale; and Aaron, who played football at Adrian College.

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