UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell announced today that he has hired Angus McClure as the Bruins' new assistant coach in charge of tight ends. He replaces John Wristen, who resigned on Tuesday to pursue a head coaching position.
In addition, assistant Gary DeLoach will take over sole responsibility for special teams after splitting those duties with Wristen during Spring Practice.
"Angus impressed me when he interviewed for our offensive line position several months ago," said Dorrell. "I knew he had background coaching tight ends and he impressed me as an up-and-coming coach. He has been successful every place he has been and I know he will go a great job for us."
McClure, 38, comes to UCLA after serving as the offensive line/run game coordinator on Turner Gill's staff at the University of Buffalo during the 2006 season. Buffalo scored more points (201) in conference games than any other member of the Mid-American Conference East Division this past season. Running back James Starks earned second-team All-MAC honors in 2006 and was an honorable mention Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.
McClure spent the previous two seasons (2004-2005) as an assistant on Bill Callahan's staff at the University of Nebraska, working with current UCLA offensive coordinator Jay Norvell. McClure assisted with the offensive line, coaching the offensive tackles, as well as serving in several special teams roles. During that time, Nebraska defeated Michigan in the Alamo Bowl.
Prior to his stint at Nebraska, McClure played a major role in record-breaking offenses at Sacramento State University, where he served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 1997-2003. During his tenure at Sacramento State, the Hornets set 52 NCAA Division I-AA, Big Sky Conference or school records. He coached 20 All-Big Sky conference honorees and had six of his players sign NFL contracts. One of McClure's pupils, Lonie Paxton of the New England Patriots, has collected three Super Bowl rings since moving to the NFL.
In addition, five Sacramento State players earned All-American honors and four were chosen to participate in college all-star games. In his seven seasons at Sacramento State, the Hornets led the Big Sky in rushing four times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002).
In 1996, McClure coached tight ends at the University of Nevada in Reno. He helped the Wolfpack to the Big West title, a 9-3 record, and the Las Vegas Bowl championship. His tight ends produced a school record 13 touchdowns during the season. That year, Nevada led Division I-A with 527.3 yards per game of total offense and topped the Big West Conference in both rushing and passing.
From the winter of 1995 to the spring of 1996, he served as offensive line / run game coordinator at American River College. McClure helped create the offensive playbook and assisted with the strength and conditioning program.
In addition, McClure has served as a guest coach in several NFL camps over the years, including the Buffalo Bills (2007, 2006), San Francisco 49ers (2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996), Seattle Seahawks (1998) and San Diego Chargers (1997).
A graduate of Sacramento State, where he played football from 1987-91, McClure also served as a member of the faculty there from 1997-2004. He was a member of the 1988 Hornet team that advanced to the NCAA Division II championship semifinals with an offense which averaged 486.0 yards per game. He began his coaching career at McClatchy High School in Sacramento as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1992-95 while also coaching the offensive line and tight ends.
McClure earned his BA degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State in 1995. He and his wife, Erin, have two sons, Hamish (8) and Malcolm (3).