Jan. 26, 2009
Chuck Bullough, who has been an integral component in UCLA's defensive success for the past three seasons and who also owns five years of coaching experience in the National Football League, has been promoted to defensive coordinator, head coach Rick Neuheisel announced today.
"Chuck is an outstanding coach and is certainly deserving of the opportunity to lead our defense," said Neuheisel. "He worked closely with DeWayne (Walker, now head coach at New Mexico State) in the development of schemes and game plans, so I know the defense will continue to flourish under his leadership.
"He has a dynamic, high-energy personality and can really get after it on the recruiting trail. He is very detail oriented when it comes to teaching fundamentals and he has earned the respect of our players for the job he has done while here at UCLA."
Bullough, 40, has coached the Bruin linebackers for each of his three years and will continue in that role. This past season, Reggie Carter led the team with 83 tackles in 12 games, earning All-Pac-10 second-team honors while redshirt freshmen Steve Sloan, who started nine games, and Akeem Ayers gained valuable experience for the future. Carter made 20 tackles at BYU, the most by a Bruin since 1989.
In 2007, the Bruin defense ranked 14th in the nation in rushing defense (109.2 yards per game) and 29th in total defense (343.23 yds/g). Leading the way for the linebacker group was the foursome of Christian Taylor (third on team in tackles), Kyle Bosworth (fifth), Carter (tied for sixth) and Aaron Whittington (ninth). Taylor ranked second on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss, while Carter was third with a total of 12.0. Bosworth recorded a 19-tackle effort in a game at Washington State.
In 2006, the Bruins tied for ninth in the nation and for first in the Pac-10 conference, in rushing defense (91.08 yds/g) with a young group of linebackers. Taylor, Carter and Eric McNeal helped to lead the Bruin defense. Taylor ranked second on the team with 83 tackles, McNeal made a game-saving tip and interception against USC to seal a Bruin victory and Carter earned Freshman All-America honors.
Bullough has been a member of two staffs on which the head coach earned "Coach of the Year" honors. In 2001, Dick Jauron was named NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 13-3 record (Chicago was 4-12 in the season prior to that staff's arrival). In 2005, Western Michigan improved from 1-10 to 7-4, the biggest turnaround in MAC history, and first-year head coach Bill Cubit was named MAC Coach of the Year.
In 2005, Bullough was linebackers coach at Western Michigan and Ameer Ismail earned first-team All-MAC honors while ranking sixth (tied) nationally with 20 tackles for loss and 34th with eight sacks. In 2004, he worked as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Lake Forest College.
For the five previous seasons (1999-03), Bullough coached every defensive position and special teams on the staff of the Chicago Bears. In 2003, he was assistant defensive backs coach and cornerback Charles Tillman was the NFL Rookie of the Year. In 2002, he was assistant defensive line coach and defensive tackle Ted Washington earned a Pro Bowl berth. From 1999-2001, he was assistant linebacker coach and Brian Urlacher was a Pro Bowl selection. During the entire five seasons, he was assistant special teams coach, tutoring Larry Whigham and Jerry Azumah to the Pro Bowl.
A two-time All-Big Ten selection (first team in 1991 and second in 1990) and second-team All-American linebacker at Michigan State University, Bullough set an MSU single-season record with 175 tackles. He was a member of three bowl championship teams, including the 1987 Rose Bowl squad, and MSU won two Big Ten titles during his career. Bullough was selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and had a five-year career in the National Football League. He played for the Miami Dolphins (1993-95) and attended camps with the Eagles (1992) and Indianapolis Colts (1996). He began his coaching career at his alma mater, assisting with defensive backs in 1997 and the offensive line in 1998.