UCLA’s hiring of Jim “Don’t Call Me Jr.” Mora may not have been the most popular of this current coaching carousel, but, slowly but surely, the first-time collegiate head coach is assembling a quality staff of assistants around him.
Mora’s latest hire comes from Arizona State, with Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone agreeing to become the former ASU offensive coordinator and take the same position on Mora’s Bruins staff. Mazzone has spent the past two seasons with the Sun Devils, and has also served as a coordinator at Ole Miss (twice), North Carolina State, Oregon State and Auburn.
Mazzone joins SMU assistant Adrian Klemm as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator; Washington assistant Demetrice Martin as the defensive backs coach; and Arizona State assistant Steve Broussard as wide receivers coach as Mora’s first assistants at UCLA.
As far as assistants who were on Rick Neuheisel’s staff, intern Marques Tuiasosopo is expected to be named the Bruins’ tight ends coach. Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson, who will serve as the interim head coach in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, said he’s unsure if his future will involve being a part of Mora’s staff.
“I just have to wait and see what happens,” Johnson said. “I’ve got to look at all my options and then I’ll go from there. I like UCLA, I like L.A. and if the right opportunity comes up, I’m going to definitely look at it.”
Johnson has also been rumored as a potential candidate for Akron’s head-coaching vacancy.