Kelly Skipper Promoted To Offensive Coordinator

Feb. 12, 2001

Kelly Skipper, who has coached the UCLA running backs for the last three seasons, has been promoted to offensive coordinator, head coach Bob Toledo announced today. He will continue to coach the running backs in addition to his new duties.

'I feel that Kelly has a great understanding of our offense,' said Toledo. 'He is just as familiar with the nuances of the passing game as he is with the running game. He comes from a coaching family (his father, Jim, was offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the New York Giants in 1999 and is currently head coach of the XFL's San Francisco Demons.

'Kelly and I have worked very well together over the past three seasons. We share the same offensive philosophies, utilizing a balance between the running and passing games, and I know our offense will continue to flourish under Kelly's guidance.'

In 2000, junior DeShaun Foster recorded UCLA's 13th 1,000-yard season, finishing with 1,037 yards despite a broken bone in his right hand, and earned first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors from the league's coaches.

In 1998, Skipper's first at UCLA, Foster set school rushing and scoring records for a true freshman. In addition, Jermaine Lewis scored 13 touchdowns to rank among the Pac-10 leaders.Prior to coming to UCLA, Skipper spent the previous seven years (1991-97) coaching the running backs and return specialists at Fresno State. Prior to that, he spent two seasons (1989-90) as a graduate assistant at Fresno. In addition, Skipper has spent two summers doing NFL internships with Seattle and Washington.

During his tenure at Fresno State, he coached seven All-Conference running backs. Some of his prot�g�s who have played in the NFL include Lorenzo Neal, Aaron Craver, Anthony Diagle, Ron Rivers and Reggie Brown. Fresno State won four league titles during his stay -- the Big West championship in 1989 and 1990 and the WAC championship in 1992 and 1993. He also coached in four bowl games.

Skipper was a four-year letterman at Fresno State, earning honorable mention All-America (Associated Press) acclaim and first-team All-Big West honors at running back as a senior in 1988. The Bulldogs were 36-9-1 during his playing career and he still ranks fifth on the school's career rushing list with 2,237 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Toledo also announced that John Pearce, who has coached the defensive ends for the past two years, will move to the offensive side of the ball and become the Bruins' quarterback coach.Prior to joining the UCLA staff prior to the 1999 season, Pearce spent seven years as head coach at Stephen F. Austin, compiling a record of 46-32-2, including an 11-2 record in 1995. During that time, he also coached the quarterback position and two of his former quarterbacks, James Ritchey (Tennessee) and Mike Quinn (Miami), were on 2000 NFL rosters.

'When I was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, John coached the tight ends and the running backs,' said Toledo. 'He is very familiar with our offense, having run it for seven years at Stephen F. Austin. I am excited about giving him the opportunity to work with our quarterbacks and I feel his experience will be an asset to our offense.'

Don Johnson, who just concluded his first season as coach of the defensive tackles, will now be in charge of the entire defensive line. New defensive coordinator Phil Snow will coach the secondary and Marc Dove will continue to tutor the linebacking corps. Toledo will hire another defensive assistant coach.

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