WESTWOOD—In the wake of the departure of defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich, UCLA head coach Jim Mora made public assurances that an immediate search would begin to fill the coaching vacancy.
That search has come to an apparent end, as Wes Virginia defensive line coach Tom Bradley is expected to be named the Bruins’ new defensive coordinator.
Bradley owns a lengthy coaching resumé that includes a 32-year tenure at Penn State working for legendary coach Joe Paterno. During his final 12 years at Penn State, Bradley coordinated numerous vaunted Nittany Lions’ defenses, graduating a number of prominent stars to NFL ranks.
Bradley served as Penn State’s interim head coach during the 2011 season, Paterno’s final season as head coach before his dismissal in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
After aiding in the 2014 turnaround of a porous West Virginia defense, Bradley will look to get the most out of a cast of talented defenders that includes linebacker Miles Jack and cornerback Ishmael Adams.