R. Todd Littlejohn begins his second season as the Bruin cornerbacks coach, having been hired in February 2001. The Bruin defensive unit led the conference in total defense in the 2001 season and ranked second in scoring defense. Littlejohn spent the 2000 season as a defensive backs coach at San Jose State University. He also spent a couple of months on the staff of the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League. The Spartans ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference with 15 interceptions that season and returned six for touchdowns. The secondary unit ranked fourth in the WAC in pass defense efficiency. San Jose State also posted the lone regular season win against highly rankedTexas Christian University.
The Bakersfield, CA native joined the San Jose State program after spending the 1998 and 1999 seasons at Utah State University, where he coached the wide receivers. Littlejohn began his coaching career in 1990. He worked as an assistant during the 1990 and 1991 seasons at Bakersfield,CA College before moving to Missouri Western State College for the 1992 and 1993 campaigns. In 1994, Littlejohn served as an assistant coach at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, located just outside Los Angeles.
After two years in private business, he became an assistant at DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA for the 1997 season before joining the staff at Utah State.
He has coached several players who have gone on to join NFL teams, including David Dunn of the Oakland Raiders, Nathaniel Jacquet of the San Diego Chargers, Craig Miller of the Jacksonville Jaguars and JohnDale Carty of the Atlanta Falcons.
Todd attended West Texas State and Fresno State and starred in two sports. At West Texas, he earned two letters (1986, 87) as a defensive back and was an honorable mention All-America selection in 1987. In addition, Littlejohn earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in both seasons. Current Bruin offensive line coach Mark Weber was a member of the 1986 Buffalo coaching staff.
Littlejohn also played one season of baseball as an outfielder for the 1988 Fresno State team which advanced to the College World Series and finished the year ranked fifth in the nation. He was a teammate of former Los Angeles Dodger Tom Goodwin on that Bulldog team which captured 32 straight games that season, a mark which is tied for third longest in NCAA history. The native of Bakersfield, CA graduated from Fresno State in 1989.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES — Local: Orange County National: Defensive backs; St. Louis, MO
PERSONAL — Education: Bachelor’s in Sociology, Fresno State, 1989; At UCLA: Second year (joined staff in Feb., 2001); Born: April 9, 1965; Family: Todd and his wife, Toi-Yan, have two daughters, Aundria and Aniya; he also has an older daughter, Kayla.