New OC, OL Coach Named

UCLA names quarterbacks coach Jim Svoboda as the new offensive coordinator and hires Jim Colletto, a former head coach at Purdue, NFL line coach and Bruin football player to coach the offensive line

UCLA Official Release:

Jim Svoboda, who has served as UCLA's quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, has been promoted to offensive coordinator, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today.

"Jim possesses an outstanding offensive mind and has a great feel for the game. He has done a tremendous job of working with our quarterbacks the last two years and did a fantastic job as a coordinator prior to coming to UCLA. I know our offense will continue to flourish under his supervision."

This past season, senior quarterback Drew Olson, under Svoboda's guidance, had one of the finest seasons in UCLA history. He passed for 3,198 yards and a school-record 34 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He set a school record with 242 completions and his yardage ranked No. 2 in that category.

Also in 2005, Svoboda was one of six finalists for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award (the other five were coordinators).

A past winner of the Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year award, he came to UCLA after spending the 10 seasons (1994-2003) as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. During his time at NWMSU, the Bearcats won national championships in 1998 and 1999 while his offensive units ranked among the most potent in NCAA Division II and in the MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association) conference. In addition, his teams broke more than 50 individual and team offensive records during his tenure.

Svoboda's 1998 and 2000 offensive units led all of Division II in scoring. In 2000, the Bearcat offense topped the nation by scoring 537 points, averaging 48.8 points per game. The squad also ranked third nationally in total offense with a mark of 492.4 yards a game. In 1998, the Bearcats averaged conference-best marks of 46.4 points and 482.4 yards per contest and won 15 games. The passing average of 283.3 yards per game also led the league that season. Svoboda was selected the 1998 Division II Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Coach Magazine. In 1999, NWMSU ranked 13th nationally in total offense with a 422.9 yard average.

NWMSU had final national rankings of 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 4th and 1st between 1996 and 2000 with a record of 63-5 and five MIAA conference titles. In a six-year span (1996 and 2001), his offenses averaged over 40 points and 450 yards of total offense. He won six different conference championships with four different quarterbacks and a pair of national championships with different signal callers.

In October of 2000, quarterback Travis Miles set an NCAA record by completing 21 of 23 passes for 305 yards, including 18 consecutive completions. His efficiency rating of 182.4 ranked 14th all-time in Division II (entering the 2003 season). Quarterback Chris Greisen (1995-98) ranks 12th all-time in career passing efficiency for Division II (150.9).

Prior to joining the staff at Northwest Missouri, Svoboda was the head coach and offensive coordinator at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He compiled a 52-19 record (.732 winning percentage) in seven seasons at Wesleyan from 1987-93 and established over 30 team and individual offensive records. He was named the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference Coach of the Year following the 1988, 1989 and 1990 seasons and his teams were ranked among the nation's top five in the 1990, 1991 and 1992 campaigns.

Svoboda, a 1983 graduate of Northwestern (IA) College (he played running back), has also served as running backs coach at Eastern New Mexico University (1985-86), assistant football coach at Nebraska Wesleyan (1986), offensive line/strength coach at Dana College (1984-85) and running backs coach at his alma mater (1983). He earned a Master's of Science from Eastern New Mexico in 1986. He is married (Susan).

Jim Colletto, who has 39 years of combined experience coaching in college and the NFL, has been hired to coach the UCLA offensive line, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today. Colletto, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV and has 11 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, will also serve as assistant head coach.

"Jim is considered one of the top line coaches in the business and we are excited to have him return to UCLA," Dorrell said. "He has a wealth of experience at both the collegiate and professional levels and has enjoyed success throughout his career. In Baltimore, they used the same running schemes as the Broncos, which are the running schemes we utilize, so Jim is well-versed in our offense."

Colletto, a former UCLA football and baseball player and Bruin assistant coach, spent the 2005 season as offensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Colletto coached the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens for six seasons. His offensive line corps helped Baltimore capture the NFL rushing title in 2003 with 2,669 yards (nearly 170 yards per game) and enabled running back Jamal Lewis to record the second-best rushing total in NFL history (2,066 yards) and become the fifth running back in league annals to run for over 2,000 yards. Colletto coached an offensive line that saw the Ravens break the team rushing record twice, first in 2000 when they won Super Bowl XXXV and again in 2003. Overall, Baltimore averaged over 4.0 yards per carry in five of his six seasons as offensive line coach.

Among his 32 years of experience on the collegiate level are 11 as a head coach – six at Purdue (1991-96) and five at Cal State Fullerton (1975-79). In his six years at Purdue, the Boilermakers rushed for at least 1,900 yards on five occasions and accounted for over 4,000 yards total offense in each of his final four years.

He spent 17 seasons as an offensive coordinator, including his six as head coach at Purdue. In two years (1997-98) at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish offense generated over 8,500 yards of total offense and appeared in two bowl games. He also served as offensive coordinator for three years (1988-90) at Ohio State (two bowls), three years (1985-87) at Arizona State (three bowls, including one Rose Bowl) and three years (1982-84) at Purdue (one bowl).

He also served stints as offensive line coach at UCLA (1976-68 and 1980-81), Brown (1969), Xavier of Ohio (1970-71) and Pacific (1972-74).

Colletto played both football and baseball at UCLA, where he was an All-League defensive end and captain of the Bruin team that beat Michigan State in the 1966 Rose Bowl. He led the Bruins in rushing as a sophomore fullback in 1963. In baseball, he was a two-time all-league selection, posted a .306 career batting average and was inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

The new Bruin coach was born in San Francisco, CA, attended high school in Monterey and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in 1967. The Colletto family includes wife Suzanne and their three children: Dawn, Dan and Patrick.


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