More coaching staff changes

A day of change continues for UCLA.

UCLA head coach Jim Mora announced the hires of wide receivers coach Eric Yarber and football strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, the first time the football program has had a strength coach of its own.

It wasn’t only a day for new hires, though, but a shift of current responsibilities, as former tight ends/special teams coach Angus McClure will coach the defensive line and maintain recruiting coordinator responsibilities, while former defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield moves to football operations.

“These coaches are all important elements to us moving our program forward,” Mora said. “We welcome them, as coaches and teachers on and off the field, to the UCLA football family.”

Yarber’s hire leaves only one opening on the staff – defensive coordinator – which Mora hopes to have in place by the end of the week. Yarber comes to UCLA after a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as wide receivers coach, and he previously coached for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers of the NFL and Arizona State and Washington in the college game.

Alosi, meanwhile, spent most of his career with the New York Jets as special teams coach, though he also spent one season with Mora in Atlanta.

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  • Class of 07

    Just dont let Sal near the sidelines during punts.

  • 909Bruin

    welp we just gift wrapped big Ellis to suc with the hire of McClure at DL coach…. i don’t eff’n get it!

  • MichaelRyerson

    Hopefully this makes a little sense. I just couldn’t see how after the very pedestrian season our defensive line put in, we were going to improve going into the upcoming season with the same DL coach. Breckterfield may be (and probably is) a fine person and a knowledgeable football coach but perception being everything (or nearly so) in coaching I didn’t see how he would be able to command the respect and attention of his players after this past season’s weak showing.

  • BruinRogue

    Alosi’s a good strength coach but as a Dolphins fan, it’s going to take a lot to forgive him after the trip. That was a classless move.

  • BruinFaithful

    I’m hearing Jim Leavitt for DC. Not sure how good a hire this would be, since Jim Tresey was his DC and he got fired for choking a kid. We shall see.

  • BruinBall

    What does football operations mean? Is that a coach position or more of a administrative/support/logistics position?

  • 909Bruin

    Leavitt would be a great hire. i was hoping it was him before the dude from SD.

  • JC

    Hey Jon, Alosi was not a special teams coach for the Jets he was their S&C coach..

  • spedjones

    Leavitt was an insane coach and worked absolute magic until he decided to go mental.

  • sam

    Coach Mora can’t get rid of Angus McClure, a holdover from previous staff.

    Mora’s BEST friend in the coaching circle is Greg Knapp, a failed offensive coordinator.
    Knapp is close friends with McClure. Both are from Sac State.

  • Marc

    Gosh, Kirby Smart is looking like a hell of a coach tonight. Nothing against Mora, but why was I the only guy pimping Smart’s name when UCLA was looking for a coach? Dang.

  • bruinbiochem06

    Those are two amazing hires! Coach McClure will not remain the DL coach, it’s a temporary move…

  • Coach Thom

    Coach Jim is bringing in the coaches. They, in turn, will help bring in the top-tier recruits. Bruin football is turning it around, folks.

  • Bruski

    Credit to Coach Mora for putting together what looks to be a great staff. I also think credit goes to the athletics administration for getting UCLA prepared to make the money available. None of these coaches would be here without the significantly larger budget. The group in Morgan Center have taken a lot of heat, but they certainly deserve credit for doing this right.

  • BruinFaithful

    So now UCLA couldn’t get Josh Shaw from Florida into school. Now he’s probably going to go to SUC. Yeah, thanks Morgan Center. Great Job!!!!

  • INawe

    Title for this article should have been “MORA COACHING STAFF CHANGES” lol

    Hope UCLA can get a top notch DC. Go Bruins.

  • Larry

    “the first time the football program has had a strength coach of its own…” are you kidding me? Seriously? Why? What did we do before? Is it common NOT to have such a coach? Seems kinda essential to me, especially with today’s brand of football.

  • John Shaw

    I couldn’t get myself into UCLA – that’s why I went to that academic behemoth Florida to begin with and will now end up at USC. It’s not rocket surgery.

  • John Shaw

    See…I don’t even know my own name.

  • Lifetime Bruin Fan

    Coach Mora, Hue Jackson is available, We need a DC it’s worth a try.

  • Women’s Studies ’78

    Will the services of the strength and conditioning coach be spread out equitably in accordance with Title 9 rules?

  • BruinFaithful

    Yup, it’s official. Josh Shaw to SUC, since we couldn’t get him past admissions. FFFFFFF. I’m so sick of this shhhhhh. When are we actually going to play on an even playing field? SUC could get Rodney Dangerfield admitted. Funny how the Condoms are nowhere to be found when it’s about their lax admissions.

    Jon, I know Dohn did an extensive story on this years ago, but can you do a quick write up on this. Looks like we won’t be able to get Folasaa in either, which might mean Lutui is goners too. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  • Cheat on

    Yes, relentlessly stupid, we understand the fact that the SUC football program is able to attract and admit the illiterate and stupid athletes as it attracts an illiterate and stupid fanbase I.e. YOU.

    SUC is as easy to get into as your moms pants

  • Keep Forgettin’ We’re a School

    Some people’s connection to UCLA seems to only be through its sports teams, specifically the football and men’s BB programs.

    I actually have much fonder memories of the classes I took and the people I met than of the games I attended at the Rose Bowl during the Donahue/Toledo era or at Pauley after Wooden up through the last national champeenship.

    Hey, but then I don’t have a letterman’s jacket, just a diploma!

  • Maine Bruin

    If UCLA’s academic standards are such a hindrance to fielding a good team of motivated, bright student athletes, then why is Stanford doing so well?

  • What?

    @ Keep Forgettin’ We’re a School

    Please tell me you’re not serious with that comment.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Women’s Studies: Yes. And one of his first jobs will be to shave the bushes under your pits and the one creeping down your thighs.

  • Keep Forgettin’ We’re a School

    @ What? (aka WTF?)

    Very serious…

    As having EARNED a Masters Degree out of pocket, I am extremely serious about the mix of academic and social aspects of my connection with UCLA.

    A one of my professors, who refused to condescend to lowering his standards to expectations from heavy breathers like yourself:

    Ordinariamente io don’ lo spreco di t il mio tempo con gli idioti scopanti si gradice, ma ritengo importante rispondere alla vostra percezione di sport soltanto della nostra grande università.

    Scopilo voi scopata scopante!

  • What?

    @ Keep Forgettin’ We’re a School

    Interesting comments on a SPORTS related blog. I think you’re looking for this website:

  • BruinFaithful

    Main Bruin:

    Stanford caught lightening in a bottle. A GREAT potential Hall of Fame QB, combined with GREAT coaching. And two years of good FB, does not a trend make. What has Stanford done since the early 1970’s, when they won back to back Rose Bowls? NOTHING!!!!

    Even with the All Star Team they had this year, they lost to Oregon at home and to Oklahoma St. in the Rose Bowl. We’ll see how they do in the near future.

    What other schools can you name that are ranked in the Top 25 in academics and FB? Over the last 40-50 years even? I’m waiting. Look at even Notre Dame.

    Bottom line is, yes, it is certainly possible, but we are at a decided disadvantage and on an uneven playing field. Reminds me of Moneyball, which I just watched last night. We need to be able to get these kids in, some of them won’t make it, but what about enriching diversity by giving some of these kids a shot? With all the Academic help you get at UCLA, you have to be a serious F Up to not make C’s. I mean, you get your own Academic Advising Team, tutors that takes notes for you and make sure you go to class, and top notch tutoring everyday for at least 2 hours. I mean COME ON!!!!

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Faithful: +Mudda Fuggin 1