KENT, Ohio --- Kent State University announced the hiring of its new head football coach, Michael Austin, on Wednesday. The hiring comes after previous head coach Darrell Hazell left to accept the head coaching position at Purdue University. Austin, 35, becomes the second youngest head coach in Division I football behind Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury (33). Unlike Kingsbury, Austin has no prior coordinating experience (nor head coaching experience) before being hired. The former North Carolina graduate spent the past two seasons working as the quarterbacks coach under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia. Prior to that, Austin had coached receivers (2007-09) and quarterbacks (2010) at Navy under Ken Niumatalolo and safeties (2005-06) at TCU under Gary Patterson. Austin began his coaching career at North Carolina where he spent three years as a graduate assistant (2000-02) and two years as the safeties coach (2003-04). Austin arrived at North Carolina in 1996 as an unheralded safety prospect out of Fort Worth, Texas. For two years, Austin saw limited action for the Tar Heels. Then head coach Mack Brown was not known to give underclassmen significant playing time while he was at Carolina. Brown left to take the head coaching job at Texas folling the 1997 season and North Carolina promoted defensive coordinator Carl Torbush to head coach. During the Torbush era, Austin became a leader for the Tar Heels and led the team in special teams tackles in 1998 and '99. In 1999, Austin was named special teams captain for the Tar Heels and earned All-ACC honorable mention as a special teams player. While Austin has no official head coaching or coordinator experience, he has earned praise from his former employers for his "bright" football mind and his work ethic and enthusiasm. Austin stated when he arrived on campus that the Kent State football team would inherit those same characteristics. When addressing the media, Austin said that no team would play with more intensity or work harder than his Golden Flashes. Austin will get his chance to prove that when Kent opens the season on August 29.