Kugler accepts grad assistant coaching role with UM

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Patrick Kugler will help coach the offensive line as a graduate assistant at Michigan next season.

Patrick Kugler’s eligibility is up at Michigan, but he is remaining with the football program.

Kugler, the Wolverines’ starting center last year during his fifth-year senior season, announced Sunday on Instagram that he will be a graduate assistant.

“Excited to start my next journey in life.. I have officially accepted the offensive line graduate assistant coaching job at Michigan #CoachKugs,” Kugler wrote on Instagram.

Kugler had very little playing time at Michigan before earning the starting job at center when Mason Cole, who had started there in 2017, was bumped back out to left tackle, where he had started his first two seasons.

Before last season, Kugler was asked why he had stuck it out at Michigan.

“I just didn’t want to be that guy that left,” Kugler said. “I wanted to make a legacy here at the University of Michigan. Understood that I’ve gotten beat out a couple years in a row. I didn’t want that to be my legacy here. I wanted to be the guy who stuck around and then eventually led this team to something great.”

Last month before the bowl game, Kugler was asked about his legacy.

"I proved that I belong here," Kugler said. "I definitely feel like I did that. It obviously wasn't the season that we hoped for coming into it. But you know, I'm just happy that I played and started here."

Kugler is not unfamiliar with the coaching world. His father, Sean Kugler, is a longtime coach and recently hired as offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos. He was a former head coach at UTEP.