Bob Connelly, who spent the last four years coaching the offensive line at the University of Alabama, is in his first season as offensive line coach at UCLA. Connelly has coached in a Rose Bowl, a Sugar Bowl and a Cotton Bowl.
In 2006 at Alabama, running back Kenneth Darby rushed for 835 yards, left tackle Andre Smith earned first-team Freshman All-America honors and sophomore center Antoine Caldwell was named second-team All- SEC.
In 2005, Connelly was named one of the nation's Top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com and his offensive line helped Darby rank second in the SEC in rushing and become only the fourth back in Alabama history to post back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. In addition, Caldwell and guard B.J. Stabler both earned Freshman All-SEC honors.
In 2004, Connelly tutored a pair of his starters, Wesley Britt and Evan Mathis, to All-SEC honors. His offensive line helped Alabama carve out the 20th best rushing attack in the country and the top rushing game in the SEC. The Crimson Tide also ranked second in the SEC in fewest sacks allowed. In 2003, Connelly's line led a rushing attack that netted 2,067 yards, fourth best in the Southeastern Conference, and produced two All-SEC linemen.
Alabama played in three bowl games during his four seasons, including the 2007 Independence Bowl, 2006 Cotton Bowl and the 2004 Music City Bowl.
Prior to coaching at Alabama, Connelly, 36, spent two seasons tutoring the offensive line at Washington State. In Pullman, his 2002 squad allowed just 24 sacks in 424 pass attempts while helping the Cougars win a share of the Pac-10 title and play in the 2003 Rose Bowl. His 2001 unit gave up 27 sacks in 434 attempts and WSU played in the Sun Bowl. Derrick Roche was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in both of Connelly's seasons in Pullman and Calvin Armstrong was a first-team choice in 2002.
Following graduation from Newman-Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas in 1990, Connelly earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and sports studies from Texas A&M-Commerce in 1994. A year later, he earned a masters in health, physical education and recreation. As a player, he was a three-time all-academic selection and earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior. He was also a two-time academic All-America selection.
While finishing his graduate degree at A&M-Commerce, Connelly coached the offensive line and tight ends. He moved to Cisco Junior College for two season (1996-97), again coaching the offensive line and tight ends. In 1998, Connelly was a graduate assistant at Texas A&M and coached in the Sugar Bowl. In 1999, he coached the offensive line and tight ends at California State Northridge and in 2000, he moved to San Jose State to coach the offensive line. That season, the Spartans rushed for 29 touchdowns and his unit allowed just 11 sacks in 12 games.
During his career, he has coached numerous players who reached the NFL, including Jelani Hawkins, Tim Provost (Miami, 6th round-2003) and Joe Hayes at San Jose State, Calvin Armstrong (Philadelphia, 6th round-2005), Sam Lightbody and Nick Mihlhauser at Washington State and Justin Smiley (San Francisco, 2nd round-2004), Wesley Britt (San Diego, 5th round-2005) and Evan Mathis (Carolina, 3rd round-2005) at Alabama.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Local / California: San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County, Santa Barbara county; National: Dallas (TX), North Florida, Alabama and offensive linemen.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's from Texas A&M-Commerce, 1994; Master's, Texas A&M-Commerce, 1995; At UCLA: First year (joined staff in February of 2007); Born: February 7, 1971 in New Britain, CT. Family: Bob and his wife, Racquel have two daughters, Taylor and Paige.
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