NCAA Football: Pac-12 Media Day

UCLA named former Bruins running back DeShaun Foster as the program’s 19th head coach on Monday. Foster, 44, replaces Chip Kelly, who left last week to become offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Foster has 11 years of coaching experience, having played in the NFL for six seasons from 2003-08. He has spent the last 10 seasons at his alma mater, including the last seven as running backs coach. In 2023, he was the Bruins’ associate head coach. “It’s a dream come true,” Foster said. “I have always imagined being a Bruin since I was young and now being the head coach at my alma mater is a surreal feeling and I am grateful for this opportunity. The foundation of this program will be based on discipline, respect and enthusiasm. These are phenomenal young men and I’m excited to get started.” Foster played at UCLA from 1998 to 2001, where he rushed for 3,194 yards and 44 touchdowns and earned second-team All-American honors as a senior. He was drafted in the second round by Carolina in 2002 and recorded 3,570 yards and 11 touchdowns in 79 games (42 starts) with the Panthers (2003-07) and San Francisco 49ers (2008). “During the extensive search for our new head coach, DeShaun was well received from the beginning and throughout the entire process,” said UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond. “We are looking for a coach with integrity, energy and passion; someone who is a great teacher, who develops young men, is a great recruiter and is fully committed to the NIL landscape to help our student-athletes. DeShaun meets all of these criteria and more than a few. He is a leader of men and a true Bruin. “I’m excited to work with him as we usher UCLA football into an exciting new era.” Foster takes over a program that went 8-5 under Kelly last season, including 4-5 in the Pac-12. The Bruins will move into the Big Ten Conference in 2024. –Field Level Media


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