Dino Babers is set to begin his fourth season as an assistant coach at UCLA. This will be his second year as running backs coach and his first as assistant head coach.
Last season, he also served as recruiting coordinator. He spent his first two seasons at UCLA in charge of wide receivers. Babers joined the staff in January of 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he had coached running backs during the 2003 season.
In 2006, the Bruin offense was highlighted by Chris Markey, who led the team in receptions and rushing yards (first Bruin to do so since 1962), becoming the 11th player in school history to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Markey tallied 1,107 rushing yards and 35 receptions. He ranked 32nd nationally and fourth in the Pac-10 in rushing (85.15), as well as eighth in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (105.92).
In 2005, a core group of receivers emerged under Babers' guidance, Joe Cowan, Marcus Everett and Brandon Breazell. Each caught at least 24 passes and scored a combined total of nine touchdowns while helping to make up for the void left due to the season-ending injury to Junior Taylor in the season's third game.
In 2004, his first season with the Bruins, Craig Bragg became UCLA's career receptions leader and Junior Taylor enjoyed his best season as a Bruin. The Bruins recorded 22 touchdown receptions in '04, almost doubling the total of the previous season (12).
In 2001 and 2002, Babers, 46, served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M.
Prior to Texas A&M, Babers was an assistant with the Arizona Wildcats for six seasons (1995-2000) under Dick Tomey, coaching the receivers (1995-96), running backs (1997) and quarterbacks (1998-2000). He assumed the duties of assistant head coach for the 1996-97 seasons before being promoted to the offensive coordinator post, which he held from 1998-2000.
During his Arizona tenure, the Wildcats averaged a Pac-10 best 471.9 yards in total offense during the 1999 season, ranking third nationally in that category. In his first year as offensive coordinator (1998), Arizona compiled a record of 12-1 and produced a 1,000-yard rusher, two 1,000-yard passers and a pair of receivers who combined for 121 receptions.
Babers' other coaching posts include positions at San Diego State (1994, receivers), Purdue (1991-93, receivers), Northern Arizona (1990, special teams coordinator and defensive backs), UNLV (1988-89, special teams coordinator and running backs) and Eastern Illinois (1987, running backs).
Babers graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1984 with a Bachelor's degree in education. He started at three different positions for the Warriors -- outside linebacker, strong safety and running back -- and earned first-team All-WAC Academic honors. As a senior he was Hawaii's special teams captain and leading rusher.
Babers played in the Canadian Football League during the 1984 season before injury ended his playing career. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Hawaii (1984) and Arizona State (1985-86).
PLAYERS BABERS RECRUITED OR COACHED WHO MADE THE NFL: Brian Alford, New York Giants (3rd round-1998); Jermaine Ross, Indianapolis Colts; Ernest Calloway, Indianapolis Colts; Will Blackwell, Pittsburgh Steelers (2nd round-1997); Az Hakim, St. Louis Rams (4th round-1998); De AnDre Maxwell, Washington Redskins (7th round-1996); Rodney Williams, Oakland Raiders; Jeremy McDaniel, Buffalo Bills; Dennis Northcutt, Jacksonville Jaguars (2nd round-2000); Brandon Manumaleuna, San Diego Chargers (4th round-2001); Trung Canidate, St. Louis Rams (1st round-2000); Paul Shields, Indianapolis Colts; Bobby Wade, Minnesota Vikings (5th round-2003); Lousaka Polite, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Miree, Denver Broncos (7th round-2004; Larry Croom, Arizona Cardinals.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Local / California: San Diego area; National: Hawaii, Arizona (Tucson), New Mexico and running backs.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Education from University of Hawaii, 1984; Master's in Education Administration and Supervision from Arizona State, 1987; At UCLA: Fourth year (joined the staff in January of 2004); Born: July 19, 1961 in Honolulu, HI. Family: Dino and his wife, Susan, have four daughters, Breeahnah, Tasha, Jazzmin and Paris.