Pac-12: Inoke Breckterfield

More Jim Mora staff moves for UCLA

December, 16, 2011
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New UCLA coach Jim Mora is putting his staff together quickly with names most Pac-12 fans will recognize.

His hires of Demetrice Martin (secondary), Adrian Klemm (offensive line), Inoke Breckterfield (defensive line), Marques Tuiasosopo (tight ends) and Steve Broussard (running backs) have been announced. The Arizona Republic also reported that the expected move of Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone to the same position with the Bruins is now done.

That's six of nine spots filled. The biggest remaining one is defensive coordinator.

Staff changes: UCLA

March, 8, 2011
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Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.

Next up is UCLA , which went through considerable -- and highly public -- staff upheaval this offseason.

Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.

Out
Norm Chow, offensive coordinator/QBs (Utah)
Reggie Moore, receivers

In
Mike Johnson, offensive coordinator/WRs
Head coach Rick Neuheisel will coach QBs

Out
Chuck Bullough, defensive coordinator (Cleveland Browns)

In
Joe Tresey, defensive coordinator

Out
Todd Howard, defensive line (Washington State)

In
Inoke Breckterfield, defensive line

In
Jim Mastro, tight ends/F-backs
(A GA worked with TEs in 2010)

Reaction: Well, it was a messy offseason -- at least in terms of public perception -- as Neuheisel re-made his staff. He faces a make-or-break campaign in 2011. But at least you can say this: This is Neuheisel's staff. When he was hired before the 2008 season, his staff was in some ways forced upon him, particularly Chow and defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. Further, the Bruins biggest question heading into spring practices is quarterback. And that's the position Neuheisel will coach. So, really -- pass or fail -- this season should provide a fair window to assess where the program is under Neuheisel. Johnson and Neuheisel know each other well from their days with the Baltimore Ravens, so they should be able to work together. The hiring of Mastro away from Nevada means that both get an expert in the Wolf Pack pistol offense who can help them incorporate however many elements they want to this season. Tresey wasn't the first choice on defense, but he's got a solid resume and likes to attack, which should be appealing to fans. Breckterfield, 33, was a star at Oregon State who might inject some fire into a unit that sometimes lacked it. Still, with this much turnover, there's a lot to get done before the Bruins visit Houston on Sept. 3.

UCLA hires defensive line coach

February, 18, 2011
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After a tumultuous offseason that included dispatching both coordinators, Rick Neuheisel now has a full staff at UCLA.

The final piece is Inoke Breckterfield, who has been hired as the Bruins defensive line coach.

A former All-Pac-10 defensive lineman at Oregon State, Breckterfield coached the defensive line at Montana last season. He coached the same position at Weber State in 2009, and prior to that he was a graduate assistant coach for the Beavers in 2008 and 2007 and was a volunteer coach in 2006.

“Inoke is an outstanding young talent who I feel will have a great impact on our defensive linemen,” Neuheisel in a statement. “[Oregon State head coach] Mike Riley and [Montana head coach] Robin Pflugrad were both effusive in their praise of Inoke and he really impressed me, Joe Tresey and the other defensive assistants during his interview. You can tell by listening to him that he is a real people person who will connect with our linemen and will be an outstanding recruiter as well.”

The Grizzlies ranked first in the Big Sky and 14th in the BCS in tackles for loss (7.64 per game) and second in the league and 18th nationally in sacks per contest (2.64) in 2010. Montana ranked 103rd and 88th in those categories, respectively, in 2009.

He was a standout defensive lineman for the Beavers, playing his final two years (1997-98) under Riley. As a senior in 1998, he was named first-team Pac-10 and third team All-American (The Associated Press) at defensive end. In addition, he was voted team MVP, was the defensive winner of the Morris Trophy Award (the best defensive lineman in the league as voted on by Pac-10 offensive linemen), selected to play in the Hula Bowl and named Oregon State’s “Male Athlete of the Year.” Breckterfield left OSU as the school’s career leader in tackles for loss (55.5) and sacks (19.5) and is currently ranked second in both categories at the school.

Following his college career, he played in the Canadian Football League for five seasons for the Toronto Argonauts (1999-2000) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2001-03). He worked in the private sector in Aiea, Hawaii, from 2003-06 and then returned to OSU to attend school and serve as a volunteer assistant coach.

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