UCLA assistant Jeff Ulbrich named defensive coordinator

Linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich has been promoted to defensive coordinator, making official a promotion that had been expected for weeks. He fills the vacancy left by Lou Spanos, who left the Bruins last month to become the Tennessee Titans’ linebackers coach.

Ulbrich was also the team’s special teams coordinator, a unit that leads the country in blocked kicks and punts over the last two seasons, and was top-20 last fall in both kick and punt return coverage. The 36-year-old was nominated for the 2013 Broyles Award for college football’s top assistant coach.

“Coach ‘Brick’ is a natural fit for this position, having run an NFL defense for years as a player while honing his abilities to get the most out of his players as a coach,” head coach Jim Mora said of the former San Francisco 49er. “We couldn’t be more excited about this move.”

UCLA has not named a replacement for either linebackers coach or special teams coordinator. Mora said this week that he is looking to add one position to the staff. He did not offer more specifics, but the new hire could conceivably be a stand-alone special teams coordinator, leaving Ulbrich to continue coaching linebackers.

Other staffers received additional titles as well. Defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Demetrice Martin is now also the assistant head coach, a spot formerly held by Ulbrich. Offensive line coach and running game coordinator Adrian Klemm is the associate head coach.

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  • commentar

    Makes sense. The titles fit the bumped salaries now haha.

    Loving the coach nicknames. Klemm, Meat, and Brick.

    • Joseph B. Lowe

      Got the whole crew: Clem Kadiddlehopper; Meathead, and Brickyard.

      • jameskatt

        USC’s assistant coaches sure have bizarro nicknames.

        Were they named after weird plants?

      • commentar

        It’s the entire Anchorman Channel 4 news team hahaha

        • Joseph B. Lowe

          Love it!

      • Tommy B Low Us

        Ucla owns Los Angeles!!! How do we all know this? Because we have dullards like Joe BLOW who likes to post here. He only does this to make himself and his sorry ass pUSC seem relavent. I think I hear the pUSC fight song playing in the distance. No, that is just TAPS. CRY ON LOSERS!!!

  • SUCC de trop

    Jack did you quit your second job? Nice update of UCLA’s coaching staff realignment.

    • drakejr

      If he quit his second job he wouldn’t be posting here.

    • jameskatt

      Journalism doesn’t pay much. You have to get a second job like everyone else to make ends meet. Photojournalism is even worse. They have layoffs all over the place.

      We’re lucky Jack’s here.