Pac-12: Angus McClure

Pac-12 lunch links: QB transfer to Colorado?

May, 14, 2012
So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains
Where the spirits go now,
Over the hills where the spirits fly, ooh.
I really don't know.

UCLA filling out its staff

January, 9, 2012
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.

Another staff change at UCLA

March, 21, 2011
UCLA's tumultuous offseason continues.

After reshuffling his staff -- including replacing both coordinators -- Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel announced another change Monday: special teams coach Frank Gansz Jr. has left the staff for personal reasons and he has been replaced by Angus McClure.

McClure was the team's director of on-campus recruiting, though he possesses more than a decade of on-field college coaching experience.

"Frank has done a great job for us during our three years together and I certainly wish him all the best," Neuheisel said in a statement. "He feels that it's in his best interest to make this move and I certainly understand and respect his decision."

McClure has been a member of the Bruins staff since 2007, when he was the tight ends coach under Karl Dorrell. He has spent the past three years in his recruiting position and has handled recruiting administration and organization; managing all official and unofficial visits; tracking all recruiting paperwork, including transcripts, serving as liaison to college All-Star game representatives; liaison with pro scouts; and other assignments from the head coach.

McClure came to UCLA after serving as the offensive line/run game coordinator on Turner Gill's staff at the University of Buffalo during the 2006 season. He spent the two previous seasons (2004-2005) as an assistant on Bill Callahan's staff at Nebraska. He assisted with the offensive line, coaching the offensive tackles, as well as serving in several special teams roles. From 1997-2003, McClure was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 1997-2003 Sacramento State.

"Angus has a lot of experience both in on-field coaching and administration and organization," Neuheisel said. "He has been a valuable member of the staff and I know he was anxious to return to coaching. This will be a smooth transition and I expect our special teams to flourish under his guidance."