Johns Hopkins offensive coordinator Greg Chimera named interim head coach

His offense set school records for touchdowns, yards per game in 2018

Greg Chimera, who has served as offensive coordinator for Johns Hopkins University's football team for the past five seasons, has been appointed head coach on an interim basis.

Greg Chimera

Image caption: Greg Chimera

The announcement comes one week after the death of Jim Margraff, who had led the program for 29 seasons. A national search to permanently fill the position will begin immediately.

Chimera, a 2009 Johns Hopkins graduate and a four-year member of the Hopkins football team, recently completed his 10th season as a member of Margraff's staff. After coaching the Blue Jays running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers during his first five seasons, Chimera was elevated to offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 season. Since then, the Johns Hopkins offense has set numerous school records and is coming off the most successful offensive season in school history.

During a 2018 campaign that saw the Blue Jays post a school-record 12 wins and make a run to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time, Chimera's offense averaged 45.8 points and 550.3 yards per game. Both of those totals are school single-season records, as were the Blue Jays' 39 touchdown passes, 91 overall touchdowns, and 641 points scored.

Johns Hopkins has averaged at least 37 points per game in each of Chimera's five seasons as the offensive coordinator and more than 500 yards in each of the last four.

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