Drake named receivers coach

Can anyone help David Terrell take his game to the next level? The Bears hope Darryl Drake can be that man as he was hired as the team's receivers coach on Friday.

Drake spent the previous six seasons (1998-2003) as the receivers coach at the University of Texas, adding the title of associate head coach on Mack Brown's Longhorns staff prior to the 2003 season. Drake, a 21-year coaching veteran, guided three different Longhorns wide receivers to first-team all-Big 12 honors and directed three of the most productive receiving duos in UT history. He also coached the only 1,000-yard receivers in the school's history.

During Drake's tenure with the Longhorns, Texas averaged nearly 10 wins a season, including 32 wins during the past three seasons while Drake mentored standout receiver Roy Williams, who finished his UT career as the leading receiver in school history with 251 receptions for 4,017 yards (16.0 yards per receptions) and 37 touchdowns. He also coached Wane McGarity, a fourth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1999, and Kwame Cavil who earned second-team all-America and first-team All-Big 12 honors in 1999.

Prior to joining the Longhorns staff in 1998, Drake was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Baylor (1997). From 1992-96 he oversaw the wide receivers at Georgia (1992-96) where he coached some of the top receivers in the Southeastern Conference in each of his first three seasons (Andre Hastings, 1992; Brice Hunter, 1993, 1994).

Drake began his coaching career at Western Kentucky as a graduate assistant coach (1983-84) and spent nine seasons with the Hilltoppers, working with the wide receivers for four seasons (1985-88), the secondary for two years (1989-90) and was the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach for one season (1991). He starred as a wide receiver for WKU in 1975 and during the 1977 and '78 seasons. He helped the Hilltoppers to an 8-2 record and the Ohio Valley Conference Championship as a senior and was a member of their 11-2 OVC Championship squad that played in the NCAA Division II Championship game in '75.

Following his collegiate career, Drake spent time in professional football with the Washington Redskins (1979), Ottawa Roughriders of the Canadian Football League ('81) and Cincinnati Bengals ('83).

Bedford, Coiner to remain on staff
Bears secondary coach Vance Bedford will remain as the team's defensive backs coach while Charlie Coiner has been named assistant special teams coach.

Bedford has groomed each of the Bears starters in the defensive backfield, helping convert collegiate running back Jerry Azumah into a starter at corner while bringing along Sports Illustrated Rookie-of-the-Year rookie Charles Tillman. Azumah and Tillman tied for the team lead in interceptions (4) in 2003 and Bedford's secondary has returned seven INTs for scores during the past four seasons, equalling the Bears total from the previous nine seasons combined, dating back to 1991.

Coiner has been the Bears offensive quality control coach the past three seasons, joining the staff on Feb. 12, 2001.


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