Jan. 4, 2003
UCLA head football coach Karl Dorrell announced today that Mark Weber, who has coached the Bruin offensive line for the past six years, will be a member of Dorrell's staff. Weber is the fifth coach hired to the staff, joining returnees Gary Bernardi and Don Johnson and newcomers Eric Bieniemy and Jon Embree.
This past season, all five starters on the Bruin offensive line coached by Weber earned post-season recognition. Senior right tackle Mike Saffer was named second-team All-America and first-team All-Pac-10 while senior left tackle Bryce Bohlander and sophomore left guard Eyoseph Efseaff were second-team All-Pac-10 selections and sophomore right guard Steve Vieira was honorable mention All-Pac-10. In addition, center Mike McCloskey earned second-team Freshman All-America acclaim.
In 2001, his linemen opened the holes enabling tailback DeShaun Foster to set a school record for rushing yards in a game (301 vs. Washington) and helped the running back become the fastest Bruin to reach the 1,000 yard mark (seventh game of the season). In 2000, his starting unit played virtually every play of the season. Senior Oscar Cabrera went on to be named the top lineman in the Sun Bowl and an honorable mention all-conference performer.
In 1998, his group enjoyed a banner year - Kris Farris won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman, Shawn Stuart was selected first-team GTE Academic All-American, and Andy Meyers earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. In his first season at UCLA, he helped tackle Chad Overhauser develop into a 1997 first-team All-American while Meyers, Stuart and Farris each earned honorable mention all-conference honors.
A graduate of both Cal Lutheran and Valley College, Weber has been associated with some of the nation's top passing offenses and has previous Pac-10 coaching experience. He came to UCLA after serving three seasons (1994-96) as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at UNLV. In 1996, the Rebels ranked ninth in Division I-A in passing and the 1994 team was the Las Vegas Bowl champion.
Weber, 45, coached in 1993 (assistant head coach and offensive line coach) and 1992 (offensive line coach) at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Wolf Pack led Division I-A in passing and total offense in 1993 and had a pass protection success ratio of 97%. The 1992 squad rated fourth in Division I-A and won the Big West Conference championship. He served as offensive line coach at Oregon State University from 1987-90 and the Beavers ranked first in the conference and among the top 10 nationally in both 1987 and 1988. In between, he had a one-season tenure at Missouri Western State College for the 1991 campaign where he was defensive line coach.
In 1985 and 1986, Weber coached the offensive line and served as the strength coach at West Texas State University. The Buffaloes ranked first in Division II passing in 1986 and posted the third-best mark in 1985 for Division I-AA. Each team compiled a pass protection success ratio of over 95%.
Weber has also worked at Eastern New Mexico University (offensive line and strength coach) during the 1983 and 1984 seasons; Snow College in Utah (offensive line and strength coach) in the 1982 season; and at Idaho State University (graduate assistant offensive line coach) for the 1980 and 1981 seasons. Overall, he has coached in six bowl games.
Weber began his coaching career at his alma mater, Los Angeles Valley College, in the 1979 season as offensive line and strength coach. He had earned All-Metropolitan Conference honors at Valley at offensive guard. At Cal Lutheran, he was a two-time honorable mention Small College All-American at guard. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Cal Lutheran in 1980 and a Master's degree from Idaho State in 1981.
Weber, who was born on June 30, 1957 in Los Angeles, and his wife Kathryn have two daughters, Alexandra and KaCee.