Jan. 26, 2004
Dino Babers, who spent the 2003 season coaching running backs at the University of Pittsburgh, has been hired to tutor UCLA's wide receivers, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today.
Babers, who owns a diverse collegiate resume, has coached in the Pacific-10, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East and Western Athletic conferences.
"Dino has coached in most of the major conferences and brings 17 years of full-time coaching experience to our staff," said Dorrell. "He has worked with all of the skill positions, giving him a great feel for all aspects of an offense. Most of his experience is at the wide receiver position and that's where we will use him."
Dorrell indicated that assistant head coach Jon Embree, who coached the Bruin wide receivers in 2003, will switch to tight ends. Embree played that position at Colorado and coached it for four (1993-94 and 1999-2000) of his 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado.
In addition, defensive line coach Don Johnson will assume the duties of recruiting coordinator.
In 2001 and 2002, Babers, 42, served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for R.C. Slocum 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. Among Babers' star pupils at Arizona were receiver Dennis Northcutt, now of the Cleveland Browns, and tailback Trung Canidate, now of the Washington Redskins. Northcutt holds the school records for season (1999) and career all-purpose yards. As quarterbacks coach, he worked with Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins.
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).
Born in Honolulu, HI on July 19, 1961, 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.
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).
Babers, who earned his master's in education administration and supervision from Arizona State in 1989, and his wife Susan have four daughters, Breeahnah, Tasha, Jazzmin and Paris.