UCLA's Official Release:
LOS ANGELES – UCLA head football coach Jim Mora announced today that Tom Bradley has been hired as the team’s new Defensive Coordinator. Bradley, who comes to Westwood with over 35 years of coaching experience, is widely regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football.
“To bring a coach of Tom Bradley’s caliber to UCLA is very exciting,” said Mora. “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 comes to UCLA after spending last season as West Virginia’s senior associate head coach. Prior to his time in Morgantown, Bradley spent more than 30 years on the sidelines at Penn State, serving as the Nittany Lion’s defensive coordinator from 2000-2011 and as interim head coach in 2011.
Under Bradley, Penn State’s defenses were regularly atop the national rankings. In his time as defensive coordinator, Bradley guided the Nittany Lions to six consecutive top 15 finishes in both total and scoring defense (2004-09). From 2004-2011, Penn State held 53 of its 88 opponents to 17 points or fewer, including a run of 10 games during the 2009 season. During that same eight season span, Bradley’s defenses ranked in the top 10 nationally in points allowed seven times and in the top 20 nationally in total defense seven times. In particular, the 2008 unit was one of only four defenses nationally to rank in the top 10 in rushing, total and scoring defense and led the Big Ten in both rushing and total defense.
Over the course of his time at Penn State, Bradley helped the Nittany Lions to 13 double-figure win seasons, 20 seasons with at least nine wins, 27 bowl appearances and the 1982 and 1996 national championships.
Recognized as Rivals Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2008, Bradley was also named the Associated Press Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005 and selected as one of the nation’s top 10 recruiters by SportsIllustrated.com that same year.
In all, Bradley has coached 18 All-Americans, 43 All-Conference players and helped 51 student-athletes reach the National Football League. The All-Americans included: LaVar Arrington (LB/1998-99); Navarro Bowman (LB/2009); James Boyd (S/2000); Courtney Brown (DE/1999); Shane Conlon (LB/1985-86); Dan Connor (LB/2006-07); Tamba Hali (DE/2005); Kim Herring (S/1996); David Macklin (CB/1998); O.J. McDuffie (WR/1992); Paul Posluszny (LB/2005-06); Brandon Short (LB/1999); Alan Zemaitis (DB/2005); Michael Zordich (S/1985).
Bradley was a member of the Penn State football team from 1975-78, earning letters his final two seasons (helping the Nittany Lions to a 22-2 record), highlighted by a berth in the 1978 National Championship game vs. Alabama. He helped the Nittany Lions earn spots in the 1975 and '79 Sugar Bowls, the 1976 Gator Bowl and the 1977 Fiesta Bowl.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., Bradley earned his degree in business in 1979 and a Master's in sports administration from Penn State in 1986. He was a graduate assistant in 1979 and became a full-time staff member in 1980, initially serving as special teams coach. Bradley is a graduate of Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown and is an inductee in the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in football, basketball and track and field as a prep student-athlete. He was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in May of 2014. In other coaching staff changes, Mora announced that Demetrice Martin has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach, Defense/Secondary.
Additionally, Outside Linebackers/Special Teams Coach Mike Tuiasosopo will not be retained for the 2015 season. In a related move, Scott White has been hired as Linebackers/Special Teams Coach.
White, a member of the UCLA defensive staff each of the past four seasons, previously coached linebackers at Palomar College and served as an assistant coach at Central Washington University. A multiple-season starter at outside linebacker for the University of Washington, White played in 45 career games from 2003-06, totaling 278 tackles (38 for loss), 11 sacks, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
White was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after recording 10 tackles (3 for loss) and two sacks in Washington's 21-10 over Arizona on Oct. 4, 2006, when the Huskies held the Wildcats to minus-7 yards rushing. He earned Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in 2003.
UCLA Announces Hiring of Bradley as DC
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