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Mark DeBastiani joins Appalachian State as defensive assistant

Central Michigan linebackers coach Mark DeBastiani works with his position group before playing San Diego State on Dec. 21 in the New Mexico Bowl at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mark DeBastiani's tenure as Central Michigan's linebackers coach is over. 

After one season, DeBastiani has taken a defensive assistant position at Appalachian State. The Mountaineers announced the hire in a press release Friday afternoon.

DeBastiani thanked supporters during his time with the Chippewas Friday night on Twitter. 

In his one season with the Chippewas, DeBastiani coached a linebackers unit that contributed to the Chippewas being a top-25 run defense. 

Two of his linebackers, sophomore Troy Brown and senior Michael Oliver, earned all-Mid-American Conference honors in 2019. 

Before coming to Central Michigan, DeBastiani was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Alabama A&M in 2018. He began his coaching career with Shepherd College, where he coached the offensive and defensive lines. 

DeBastiani returns to the Mountaineers after 24 years away. He served as the defensive tackles coach from 1995-96 and was part of the Mountaineers undefeated 1995 season.