Chuck Bullough, who brings five years of NFL coaching experience with the Chicago Bears, has been named linebackers coach at UCLA, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today.
At the same time, Dorrell also announced that special teams coach Brian Schneider, who also worked with the safeties last season, will switch over to offense and coach the tight ends, replacing assistant head coach Jon Embree, who has accepted a position with the Kansas City Chiefs. Schneider, who coached tight ends for six years at Colorado State, will continue to oversee the Bruin special teams.
"Chuck gained a wealth of knowledge during his five years as a coach with the Chicago Bears," said Dorrell. "In addition, he was an outstanding collegiate linebacker and also played several years in the NFL. He was highly recommended by numerous people and I think he will be a great addition to our defensive staff.
"We are sorry to see Jon and his family leave the program, but this is a great opportunity for him. I am switching Brian, over to tight ends, a position he coached very well during his six years at Colorado State. In addition, he has done a great job coordinating our special teams and he will continue in that capacity."
Bullough (BULL-ah) comes to UCLA from Western Michigan University, where he coached linebackers a year ago. WMU linebacker Ameer Ismail ranked 34th nationally with 8.0 sacks and tied for sixth in the nation with 20.0 tackles for loss. In 2004, the new Bruin coach worked as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Lake Forest College.
For the five previous seasons (1999-03), he worked on the staff of the Chicago Bears. He assisted with the special teams for the entire five years and also worked with linebackers for three years (1999-01), the defensive line for one season (2002) and defensive backs for one season (2003).
A two-time All-Big Ten selection (first team in 1991 and second in 1990) and second-team All-American linebacker at Michigan State University, set an MSU single-season record with 175 tackles. He was was a member of three bowl championship teams, including the 1987 Rose Bowl squad, and MSU won two Big Ten titles during his career.
Bullough was selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and had a five-year career in the National Football League. He played for the Miami Dolphins (1993-95) and attended camps with the Eagles (1992) and Indianapolis Colts (1996).
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, assisting with defensive backs in 1997 and the offensive line in 1998.
A native of East Lansing, Mich., Bullough (37) received a bachelor's in physical education/exercise science from MSU in 1992. He is married to the former Nicole Sequin and the couple has a daughter, Chloe (3).