Monday, January 9, 2012
UCLA filling out its staff
By Ted Miller
New UCLA coach Jim Mora now only has one vacancy on his staff -- defensive coordinator -- after he announced two hirings on Monday.
Mora hired Eric Yarber to coach receivers and Sal Alosi as "coordinator of strength and conditioning-football," a new position at UCLA.
Mora also announced a shift in the responsibilities for Angus McClure, who's being moved from special teams coach/recruiting coordinator to defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator. That represents a change of thinking for Mora, because Inoke Breckterfield was initially retained as defensive line coach. The official release on the hirings said Breckterfield "will have the opportunity to remain on the staff in a football operations role."
Yarber most recently served as the wide receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Raheem Morris. He attended Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and then Los Angeles Valley College before transferring to Idaho. Recently, he's coached at Arizona State under Dennis Erickson (2007-09) and at Washington under Tyrone Willingham (2005-06).
Alosi, a former New York Jets and Hofstra University strength and conditioning coach, played linebacker at Hofstra from 1996-2000. He coached the Jets’ special teams from 2002-2005 and 2007-2010. In his second stint in New York, he was on the same staff as new UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. In 2006, he was a member of Mora’s coaching staff with the Atlanta Falcons.
McClure has been at UCLA for five years. He came to UCLA after serving as the offensive line/run game coordinator on Turner Gill's Buffalo staff during the 2006 season.
As for defensive coordinator, Mora was on the cusp of hiring San Diego Chargers' linebackers coach John Pagano before Pagano was promoted by the Chargers to defensive coordinator last week. UCLA said in the statement that Mora will announce his defensive coordinator before the end of the week.