Jan. 14, 2003
Gary DeLoach, who has served as defensive coordinator for the last three years at North Texas and the secondary coach for the last five, has been hired as an assistant coach at UCLA, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today. DeLoach will coach the Bruin secondary.
During the 2002 regular season, the Mean Green led the Sun Belt Conference in total defense (288.7 yards), rushing defense (121.4), passing defense (167.2) and scoring defense (14.4). Nationally, North Texas was third in scoring defense, ninth in total defense, 13th in passing defense and 29th in rushing defense. The Mean Green allowed over 310 yards total offense just three times all year.
In its 24-19 victory over Conference USA champion Cincinnati, North Texas allowed just 309 yards of offense and intercepted five passes.
In addition, six North Texas defenders were selected first-team All-Sun Belt Conference, including defensive backs Don McGee and Craig Jones. In his five years as the secondary coach, six different defensive backs have earned first team all-conference. In 2001, Jonas Buckles earned first-team all-conference honors after ranking fifth nationally and first in the Sun Belt Conference in interceptions. He was a second-team all-league pick in 2002.
Under DeLoach's direction, the Mean Green ranked at or near the top of the conference in several defensive categories each year. In 2001, the Mean Green defense led the Sun Belt in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense.
DeLoach, a 1972 graduate of Sam Houston High School in Houston, has been a college coach for 23 years. He went to North Texas in 1998 after serving as defensive coordinator for national JUCO champion Trinity Valley and coaching in the World League with the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1997. At Frankfurt, he worked under Coach Ernie Stautner, former longtime defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys (1969-89).
DeLoach previously worked as an assistant coach at New Mexico State for seven years (1990-96), spent three seasons at Texas A&M (1980-82) and seven years at Stephen F. Austin (1983-89). He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant and then part-time assistant at Stephen F. Austin (1976-78). He was also defensive coordinator at Spring Branch High School in 1979.
He served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Stephen F. Austin from 1983 to 1989. The Lumberjacks made NCAA I-AA playoff appearances in 1988 and 1989, won the Gulf Star Conference title in 1985, the Southland Conference title in 1989 and advanced to the NCAA I-AA championship game in 1989. He was secondary coach during his tenure at Texas A&M. The Aggies made an appearance in the 1981 Independence Bowl, defeating Oklahoma State 33-16. While at NMSU he served as defensive coordinator from 1990 to 1994. The 1992 Aggie squad posted the school's first winning season in 15 years.
DeLoach, who was born on June 22, 1954 in Houston, TX, is a 1976 graduate of Howard Payne College in Brownwood, TX.