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Finally, UCLA tabs new defensive coordinator

Joe Tresey

On Dec. 18, UCLA announced that Chuck Bullough had been relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator.

Exactly 59 days — and one scuttled hiring — later, the Bruins have gotten around to naming a replacement.

In a press release issued by the school, head coach Rick Neuheisel announced that Joe Tresey has been named defensive coordinator at UCLA.  The 52-year-old Tresey had spent the 2010 season as defensive backs coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.

“Joe has had outstanding success at both Cincinnati and South Florida and I know he is going to be successful here at UCLA,” said Neuheisel. “He has an aggressive style that forces turnovers and negative-yardage plays and I feel our players, especially our youngsters, will benefit greatly from his style of play. He is a fine teacher and I can’t wait for him to get started.”

Prior to his stint in the UFL, Tresey was defensive coordinator at USF in 2009 and Cincinnati in 2007 and 2008.  Tresey was not retained by Skip Holtz when Holtz took over the Bulls in January of 2010.

He’s also spent time on coaching staffs at Central Michigan and Akron.

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