Los Angeles native Mark Weber is in his seventh season on the Bruin staff, having been hired to coach the offensive line in March of 1997. He will be working several of the younger players into the lineup this season to replace three-years plus starters at tackle, Mike Saffer and Bryce Bohlander.
In 2002, Saffer (1st team), Bohlander (2nd team) and guard Eyoseph Efseaff (2nd team) earned All-Pac-10 honors. The offensive line played a large part in helping the Bruins amass 625 yards of total offense, ninth-most in school history, in the win over Oregon State.
In 2001, his linemen opened the holes enabling 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 1999, Weber helped lay the foundation for success by tutoring an inexperienced, young line through the season.
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. Weber also coaches the PAT/field goal team and the long snappers.
In 2000, field goal kicker Chris Griffith was selected second-team all-conference.
A graduate of both Cal Lutheran and L.A. 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 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 passing offense in both 1987 and 1988. In between, he spent one season 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 five 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.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES — Local: Inland Empire; National: Northwest states and offensive linemen.
PERSONAL — Education: Cal Lutheran, 1980; Master’s degree, Idaho State, 1981. At UCLA: Seventh year (joined staff in March, 1997); Born: June 30, 1957 in Los Angeles, CA; Family: Mark and his wife Kathryn have two daughters, Alexandra and KaCee.