UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel put the finishing touches on his coaching staff by hiring Inoke Breckterfield to coach the defensive line, the school announced Friday.
Breckterfield, a former All Pac-10 lineman at Oregon State, coached the defensive line at Montana last season and at Weber State in 2009. He began his career as a graduate assistant under Mike Riley at Oregon State. He replaces Todd Howard, fired earlier this month, and joins new defensive coordinator Joe Tresey on the Bruins' revamped defensive staff.
This completes an overhaul of the UCLA coaching staff, which also added Mike Johnson as offensive coordinator and Jim Mastro as tight ends/fullbacks coach within the last month.
"Inoke is an outstanding young talent who I feel will have a great impact on our defensive linemen," Neuheisel said in a statement. "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."
Montana ranked first in the Big Sky and 14th in the BCS in tackles for loss (7.64 per game) last season and was second in the league and 18th nationally in sacks per contest (2.64). Montana ranked 103rd and 88th in those categories, respectively, in 2009.
After his senior year in 1998, Breckterfield was named team MVP at Oregon State and won the Morris Trophy Award as the league's top defensive lineman. He played five seasons in the Canadian Football League before beginning his coaching career.
Peter Yoon covers UCLA sports for ESPNLosAngeles.com.