Joe Tresey Hired As UCLA Defensive Coordinator After Tranquil, Bizarre Search

Joe Tresey has been named UCLA Bruins defensive coordinator, ending a strange, weeks-long quest that involved trips to Cabo and UCLAnonymous rejecting a potential hire. Hey, whatever it takes to find your guy.

Tresey has served as defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bearcats and South Florida Bulls, and as the defensive backs coach for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks. He’s also coached at Georgia Southern and Akron.

Head coach Rick Neuheisel on the hire of Tresey:

Joe has had outstanding success at both Cincinnati and South Florida and I know he is going to be successful here at UCLA. He has an aggressive style that forces turnovers and negative-yardage plays and I feel our players, especially our youngsters, will benefit greatly from his style of play. He is a fine teacher and I can’t wait for him to get started.

Randy Shannon was thought to be a potential Bruins hire, and despite his rejection of Maryland’s offer, he might’ve considered joining Westwood.

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