Brian Sheppard enters his first season as UCLA's offensive graduate assistant coach. He will assist offensive coordinator Norm Chow and work with the tight ends. His duties also include breaking down opponents' game video, aiding the coaches with game preparation and directing the defensive scout team.
Sheppard spent the last three seasons (2007-09) as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State, the last under former Bruin defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. In 2009, he coached the tight ends after working with the quarterbacks and receivers his first two years.
Prior to going to New Mexico State, Sheppard spent one season (2006) at Tulsa University under former head coach Steve Kragthorpe. His responsibilities included cutting up film, scouting of players, and breaking down opponents. He also assisted the offensive coordinator and worked with the quarterbacks in his offensive quality control role.
Sheppard played college football at Southeastern Louisiana University, before transferring to Baker University where he finished his playing career and earned his undergraduate degree in Business in 2006.
In 2001 & 2002, Sheppard was a quarterback for Saddleback Junior College, helping his team to a 9-2 record both seasons and second place in its league. Sheppard was an all-conference selection in football and baseball at Redmond High School (Seattle) his junior and senior seasons.
Brian's father, Mike Sheppard, is a long-time football coach having spent time in college football (head coach at Long Beach State and New Mexico) as well as the NFL. Mike Sheppard is currently coaching wide receivers for the Cincinnati Bengals.