UCLA promotes Jeff Ulbrich to defensive coordinator


After losing their defensive coordinator to the NFL, UCLA opted to promote from within to find a replacement. Special teams and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich was given that promotion. UCLA announced Ulbrich has been named defensive coordinator on Friday.

Ulbrich replaces Lou Spanos, who left the Bruins for a position on the coaching staff with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Ulbrich was destined for a move up in the coaching staff at some point after drawing praise for the job he has been doing on the staff. Last season Ulbrich was named the Special TEams Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com and the Bruins have established one of the top special teams units in college football under Ulbrich’s leadership. Of course, his work with UCLA’s linebackers is what has helped mold him in to the perfect fit for the next defensive coordinator of the Bruins.

“Coach ‘Brick’ is a natural fit for this position, having run an NFL defense for years as a player while honing his abilities to get the most out of his players as a coach,” said UCLA head coach Jim Mora. “We couldn’t be more excited about this move.”

UCLA was ranked fifth in the Pac 12 in total defense and scoring defense last season.