UCLA head coach Chip Kelly may have his offensive line coach. According to multiple reports on Thursday, UCLA will add Justin Frye to the coaching staff to fill the vacancy at offensive line coach. Football Scoop was among the first to report the news, and Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated has also reported the same development via Twitter.
Frye served as the offensive line coach at Boston College, where the Eagles have established themselves with a strong running game behind an improved offensive line. Frye will be expected to produce similar results with the Bruins as Kelly looks to bring the program up to a conference championship pedigree as quickly as possible.
Phil Trautwein was recently named as a new member of the Yale coaching staff in the Ivy League, where he was to be the offensive line coach. Now, he will instead return to Boston College, where his coaching career started. Trautwein was a graduate assistant at Boston College from 2013 through 2015 before spending two seasons as a special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Davidson. The former NFL player and Florida Gator spent four seasons in the NFL with brief stops with the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.
UCLA’s previous offensive line coach, Hank Fraley, has moved on to the NFL to coach the position with the Detroit Lions.
The departure of a longtime UCLA staffer has officially been confirmed.
Late last week, reports surfaced that Angus McClure was leaving UCLA for a position at Nevada. Tuesday, the Mountain West Conference football program confirmed that McClure has been hired as Jay Norvell‘s new offensive line coach.
McClure had been with the Bruins since 2007, serving at various times as position coach for both sides of UCLA’s lines as well as special teams. Most recently, McClure had served as recruiting coordinator for the Pac-12 school.
McClure and Norvell have a prior working relationship as they were both on the same staffs at Nebraska and UCLA.
In addition to McClure, David Lockwood was announced as Nevada’s new safeties coach. Lockwood was on the UNLV staff last season after spending the previous three years as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona.
“I think we made our staff stronger with these two veteran hires,” Norvell said in a statement. “I’m excited about the experience and expertise that we have added to the Wolf Pack coaching staff.”
To say it’s been a rough couple of months for Mike Leach might be an understatement.
First his athletic director left for Nebraska. Then his team ended the season by getting thumped by rival Washington in the Apple Cup and in the Holiday Bowl by Michigan State. After publicly flirting with taking the Tennessee job, that kind of blew up in his and the Vols’ then-athletic director’s face. Starting quarterback Tyler Hilinski tragically committed suicide in a death that sent an absolute shock throughout the Cougars community as well. And as far as his coaching staff, he may have just lost his fifth assistant coach and third to a Pac-12 rival this offseason.
FootballScoop is reporting that Wazzu inside receivers coach Derek Sage is leaving the staff to take a similar position on Chip Kelly’s UCLA staff in Westwood. The young coach has developed several good players during his time on the Palouse and prior to hooking up with Leach he coached three seasons at Toledo and was at Wyoming prior to that.
Sage becomes the second staff member from Washington State to head to the Bruins after linebackers coach Roy Manning was named UCLA’s special teams coordinator last month. Also out the door are defensive coordinator Alex Grinch (to Ohio State), running backs coach Jim Mastro to Oregon and offensive line coach Clay McGuire to Texas Tech. Strength coach Jason Loscalzo also left to join the Chicago Bears.
While the team has experienced some historic success on the field the past few years under Leach, things will be a lot different in 2018 with a host of new faces and names on the coaching staff going forward.
UCLA’s longest-serving assistant may no longer be patrolling the sidelines in Westwood anymore.
Both FootballScoop and SI’s Bruce Feldman are reporting that Bruins tight end coach Angus McClure, who was retained by new coach Chip Kelly, is moving on to take a spot on the Nevada coaching staff handling the offensive line.
McClure has been a fixture at UCLA for over a decade, having first been hired by Karl Dorrell back in 2007. He’s coached just about everywhere for the Bruins, including defensive line, offensive line and special teams. Most recently, he served as the team’s recruiting coordinator for the past few years and has developed a reputation as a quality recruiter.
The move to the Mountain West will reconnect McClure with Wolfpack head coach Jay Norvell after the two were on the same staff in Westwood during Dorrell’s final season with the school. The veteran assistant is no stranger to Reno either, having coached tight ends in 1996 at Nevada. Interestingly, McClure might not be the only assistant that Kelly loses this week as there are reports that Bruins’ offensive line coach Hank Fraley has interviewed with the Detroit Lions.
A longtime assistant at the collegiate level is dipping his toes into the NFL coaching waters for the first time.
For the second time today, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the hiring of a college coach, with the NFL club confirming that Tom Bradley has been added as Mike Tomlin‘s defensive backs coach. Prior to this move, Bradley had spent 37 years in the coaching profession in college football.
His last three seasons were as the defensive coordinator at UCLA, which underwent a coaching change and the new head coach, Chip Kelly, did not retain Bradley.
“I want to thank Coach (Mike) Tomlin and the entire Steelers organization for this opportunity,” Bradley, a native of the state of Pennsylvania, said in a statement. “I am excited to be a part of such a rich tradition here. We have a great nucleus in the defensive backs room, and my goal is to help this group continue to grow and develop as we all work toward one goal.”
Prior to his time at UCLA — and a brief stint at West Virginia in 2014 — Bradley spent 32 seasons as an assistant at Penn State, the last 12 as Joe Paterno‘s defensive coordinator. Bradley was named interim head coach following Paterno’s dismissal, but was not retained by then-new Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien. Bradley didn’t coach at all in 2012 and 2013 after his departure from Happy Valley.
Earlier Thursday, the Steelers also announced the hiring of Karl Dunbar as defensive line coach. The past two seasons, Dunbar had held the same job under Nick Saban at Alabama.