Ungerer Named Football Assistant

Alabama Head Football Coach Mike Shula announced Friday that Dave Ungerer, 42, is the Tide's new special teams coach. He comes to The Capstone after one season at the University of California. Ungerer has also coached tight end and running back positions.

"Dave did an outstanding job at California," Shula said, "and his work on special teams was phenomenal. Dave is on the job and learning all he can about Alabama football. "

A veteran of 20 college seasons, Ungerer coached tight ends and special teams at California and finished ranked first in kickoff returns in the Pac-10 and 5th nationally and in punt returns in the Pac-10. His special teams accounted for six plays of 50-yards or more on the season. Cal's LaShaun Ward set the school record for kickoff return yards in a season with 806 yards.

Ungerer's starting tight end at Cal, Tom Swoboda, caught 42 passes last season for 451 yards and seven touchdowns. He had five games of six or more receptions.

Prior to his stint at Cal, Ungerer coached running backs and special teams at Lehigh for two seasons. During that period, the Engineers etched a 23-2 record and advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA semifinals his second season and to the quarterfinals in 2000. Ungerer coached running backs and special teams for seven years at Maryland (1991-97) and four seasons at Holy Cross (1988-91), where he also served as strength and conditioning coach.

It is believed Shula will hire only one more new coach. Although assignments have not been announced, there is speculation that Sparky Woods, hired to coach tight ends at Alabama, could coach either wide receivers or running backs with Ungerer handling tight ends with his special teams duties.

A 1980 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, where he lettered four years at running back, Ungerer began his coaching career at Rutgers as a graduate assistant from 1983-85. He later coached defensive line and special teams at Northeastern (1985) and Davidson (1986-87).

Ungerer was born Aug. 21, 1961 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Southern Connecticut State. Ungerer and his wife, Sylvia, have three sons, Dominic (13), David (7) and Dante (5).

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