Inoke Breckterfield (pronounced ee-NO-kay) joined the staff at Wisconsin after three years of coaching defensive tackles at Pittsburgh.
In his first year in Madison in 2015, Breckterfield helped the Badgers build the nation’s top defense, ranking No. 1 in scoring defense (13.7 points per game) and No. 2 in total defense (268.5 yards per game).
Breckterfield’s most successful pupil, Pittsburgh product Aaron Donald, was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft following a senior season that saw the Consensus All-American sweep the nation’s top defensive honors by claiming the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Donald led the nation with 28.5 tackles for loss and ranked 11th in the country with 11.0 sacks as a senior.
Breckterfield came to Pittsburgh after coaching the defensive line at UCLA in 2011. The Bruins played in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game and received an invitation to San Francisco's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Prior to UCLA, Breckterfield coached the defensive line at Montana during the 2010 season. The Grizzlies ranked first in the Big Sky Conference and 14th nationally in tackles for loss (7.64 per game), and second in the league and 18th nationally in sacks per contest (2.64). The year prior to Breckterfield's arrival in 2009, Montana ranked 103rd and 88th in those categories, respectively.
Breckterfield began his coaching career under Mike Riley, his former head coach, at Oregon State. Joining the Beavers as a volunteer assistant in 2006, Breckterfield went on to serve as a graduate assistant in 2007 and `08 working with the defensive line. The 2008 Beavers finished with a No. 18 ranking after going 9-4 with a victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl.
Following his graduate assistantship with Oregon State, Breckterfield landed his first full-time post as defensive line coach at Weber State in 2009, helping the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the Big Sky.