UCLA has announced the hiring of former Penn State assistant Tom Bradley as the Bruins’ new defensive coordinator, officially ending a search the began almost three weeks ago.
“To bring a coach of Tom Bradley’s caliber to UCLA is very exciting,” head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, extensive experience, level of intensity and attention to detail all make him one of the best defensive teachers in college football.
“Combine that with the fact that he has strong national recruiting ties and is one of the most well respected coaches in the game — it all adds up to Tom being a tremendous addition to our staff.”
Bradley was once named the top defensive coordinator in college football by both the Associated Press (2005) and Rivals.com (2008), and helped make the Nittany Lions a perennial top-10 defense for much of the 2000s. He has coached 18 All-Americans, 43 all-conference players and 51 eventual NFL players.
UCLA has also promoted Scott White to linebackers/special teams coach. He replaces Mike Tuiasosopo, who was not retained by the Bruins after his lone season at the position.
White was a former linebacker at Washington who recorded 278 career tackles and 11 sacks in 45 games. He has been on the UCLA staff for four seasons, mostly assisting with linebackers — a position he has also helped recruit.
Defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin has also been promoted to assistant head coach, a title held last year by former defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.