Feb. 7, 2006
Jim Colletto, who has 39 years of combined experience coaching in college and the NFL, has been hired to coach the UCLA offensive line, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today. Colletto, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV and has 11 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, will also serve as assistant head coach.
"Jim is considered one of the top line coaches in the business and we are excited to have him return to UCLA," Dorrell said. "He has a wealth of experience at both the collegiate and professional levels and has enjoyed success throughout his career. In Baltimore, they used the same running schemes as the Broncos, which are the running schemes we utilize, so Jim is well-versed in our offense."
Colletto, a former UCLA football and baseball player and Bruin assistant coach, spent the 2005 season as offensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders.
Prior to joining the Raiders, Colletto coached the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens for six seasons. His offensive line corps helped Baltimore capture the NFL rushing title in 2003 with 2,669 yards (nearly 170 yards per game) and enabled running back Jamal Lewis to record the second-best rushing total in NFL history (2,066 yards) and become the fifth running back in league annals to run for over 2,000 yards. Colletto coached an offensive line that saw the Ravens break the team rushing record twice, first in 2000 when they won Super Bowl XXXV and again in 2003. Overall, Baltimore averaged over 4.0 yards per carry in five of his six seasons as offensive line coach.
Among his 32 years of experience on the collegiate level are 11 as a head coach - six at Purdue (1991-96) and five at Cal State Fullerton (1975-79). In his six years at Purdue, the Boilermakers rushed for at least 1,900 yards on five occasions and accounted for over 4,000 yards total offense in each of his final four years.
He spent 17 seasons as an offensive coordinator, including his six as head coach at Purdue. In two years (1997-98) at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish offense generated over 8,500 yards of total offense and appeared in two bowl games. He also served as offensive coordinator for three years (1988-90) at Ohio State (two bowls), three years (1985-87) at Arizona State (three bowls, including one Rose Bowl) and three years (1982-84) at Purdue (one bowl).
He also served stints as offensive line coach at UCLA (1967-68 and 1980-81), Brown (1969), Xavier of Ohio (1970-71) and Pacific (1972-74). Colletto played both football and baseball at UCLA, where he was an All-League defensive end and captain of the Bruin team that beat Michigan State in the 1966 Rose Bowl. He led the Bruins in rushing as a sophomore fullback in 1963. In baseball, he was a two-time all-league selection, posted a .306 career batting average and was inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
The new Bruin coach was born in San Francisco, CA, attended high school in Monterey and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in 1967. The Colletto family includes wife Suzanne and their three children: Dawn, Dan and Patrick.