Feb. 2, 2003
Brian Schneider, who has coached tight ends and coordinated the special teams at Colorado State the past six seasons, has been hired as an assistant coach at UCLA, Bruin head football coach Karl Dorrell announced today. Schneider will coach outside linebackers and nickel backs at UCLA.
During his six seasons at CSU, the Rams regularly excelled in special teams play. He coached eight all-conference special teams or tight end performers including Dexter Wynn (2002 and 2001), Joey Huber (2001), Pete Rebstock (2001, '00), Jose Ochoa (2000) Deone Horinek (1999), Darran Hall (1997), and Eli Workman (1997).
In 2002, Wynn ranked fifth nationally in punt returns and 12th in kickoff returns. In 2001, Rebstock and Wynn both ranked among the national leaders in returns while Huber was among the national leaders in punting average. He also ranks among the school's career punting leaders. Colorado State ranked among the national leaders in 2001 and '00 in net punting.
Place kicker Kent Naughton had one of the top field goal percentage marks in 2001 in school history and was the only kicker in the MWC to convert every PAT opportunity successfully. In 1998, place kicker Derek Franz set the school's season scoring record and record for most field goals in a season and ranked first in the league and fifth nationally in field goals per game.
In 1999, punter Deone Horinek ranked eighth nationally and second in the league while earning second-team all-conference honors. Tight end Eli Workman was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection in 1997 and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine all-star game following the season.
Schneider, 31, spent three seasons (1994-96), as a graduate assistant coach at Colorado State, working with the team's defensive unit and special teams prior to moving to full-time status in 1997.
Brian was a three-year starter and four-year letter-winner for the Rams as a linebacker from 1990-93 and is regarded as one of the finest linebackers to have ever played at Colorado State. As a senior in 1993, he was named first-team all-conference in 1993 and was honorable mention All-American and he was a second-team all-league choice in 1992. He still ranks among the school's career leaders in total tackles.
Schneider was born on May 16, 1971 in San Diego, CA. He is married to the former Kelli Hursh and they are the parents of one daughter, Jaden (12/22/98) and two sons, Jace (4/21/00) and Joby (11/14/01). He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Colorado State in 1994.