Chuck Bullough (BULL-ah), who had five years of NFL coaching experience with the Chicago Bears prior to coming to Westwood, is set to begin his second as the defensive coordinator after coaching the linebackers during his first three years at UCLA.
Last season, UCLA ranked first in the Pac-10 in turnovers forced (T-26th in NCAA), tackles for loss (5th) and red-zone points allowed, second in pass defense (28th), red-zone efficiency and third down efficiency (18th) and third in scoring defense (27th) and total defense (32nd). Player development is a key to Bullough's philosophy, and in 2009 Brian Price was named Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American, Rahim Moore, who led the nation in interceptions, and Alterraun Verner also earned All-America acclaim, Reggie Carter was named All-Pac-10 and Akeem Ayers was a Sophomore All-American.
In 2008, his linebacker group once again excelled as a group. Carter led the team with 83 tackles and three fumble recoveries while redshirt freshmen Ayers and Steve Sloan gained valuable experience for the future. Carter's 20 tackles at BYU were the most by a Bruin since 1989.
The 2007 Bruin defense ranked 14th in the nation in rushing defense (109.2 yards per game) and 29th in total defense (343.23 yds/g). Leading the way for the linebacker group was the foursome of Christian Taylor (third on team in tackles), Kyle Bosworth (5th), Carter (t-6th) and Aaron Whittington (9th). Taylor ranked second on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss, while Carter was third with a total of 12.0. In a game at Washington State, Bosworth recorded 19 tackles.
In 2006, the Bruins tied for ninth in the nation, and for first in the Pac-10 conference, in rushing defense (91.08 yds/g) with a young group of linebackers. Taylor, Carter and Eric McNeal helped to lead the Bruin defense. Taylor ranked second on the team with 83 tackles and fifth (tied) in the Pac-10 in tackles (1.04/g) for loss and 16th in tackles (6.38/g).McNeal made a game-saving tip and interception against USC to seal a Bruin victory. Carter earned Freshman All-America honors after tallying 48 tackles, including 6.0 for loss.
Bullough, 42, has been a member of two staffs on which the head coach earned "Coach of the Year" honors. In 2001, Dick Jauron was named NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record (Chicago was 4-12 in the season prior to that staff's arrival). In 2005, Western Michigan improved from 1-10 to 7-4, the biggest turnaround in MAC history, and first-year head coach Bill Cubit was named MAC Coach of the Year.
Bullough has coached numerous players to post-season honors. Reggie Carter earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors from the league's coaches in 2009. He garnered first-team Freshman All-America acclaim in 2006 from rivals.com; second-team honors from both collegefootballnews.com and scout.com; and third-team accolades from The Sporting News. In 2005, Bullough was linebackers coach at Western Michigan when Ameer Ismail earned first-team All-MAC honors. Ismail ranking sixth (tied) nationally with 20 tackles for loss and 34th with eight sacks that season. In 2004, he worked as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Lake Forest College.
From 1999-2003, Bullough was an assistant for the Chicago Bears, coaching the linebackers (1999-01), defensive line (2002) and the secondary (2003). He helped tutor Brian Urlacher, Ted Washington, Jerry Azumah and Larry Whigham to Pro Bowl berths.
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, Bullough set an MSU single-season record with 175 tackles. He 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.
His father, Henry, rose from the steel mills of Canton, OH, to become known as the "Doctor of Defense" as an NFL defensive coordinator for 23 years for multiple teams. He served as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills for parts of the 1985 and 1986 seasons. Henry earned a Super Bowl championship ring as an assistant coach with the Colts in 1970 and won national collegiate football championships at Michigan State, as a player in 1952 and as the defensive coordinator of the Spartans' 1965 and 1966 teams.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- California (CIF Southern Section).
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Physical Education/Exercise Science from Michigan State, 1992; At UCLA: Fifth year (joined the staff in February of 2006); Born: March 3, 1968 in East Lansing, MI. Family: Chuck and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Chloe and Annika.