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UCLA offensive coordinator candidates under DeShaun Foster: Coaching search, new names from Big Ten insiders

After six seasons at the helm, Chip Kelly resigned from his position as head coach of the UCLA Bruins during the offseason. Kelly went 35-34 overall during his time in Westwood. The former Oregon and NFL head coach has since joined Ryan Day’s staff at Ohio State as the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator. UCLA opted to promote DeShaun Foster to head coach, who had served as the Bruins’ running back coach under Kelly and is one of the top players in program history.  

Foster kept most of the Bruins’ staff in tact, but with Kelly holding the role of offensive coordinator during his tenure as head coach, there is one high-profile job to fill. Bruin Report Online has monitored the situation closely and has compiled a list of its top candidates. Will Foster target a former Power 5 head coach or will he look to the NFL ranks to find his O.C.? If you love the Bruins, or just want to know who will be calling plays for UCLA in 2024, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at BRO, the 247Sports affiliate that covers UCLA.

The staff at Bruin Report Online (BRO) is led by publisher Tracy Pierson, and also features an outstanding cast of supporting contributors including beat writers David Woods and Mike Regalado, football analysts Chris Osgood and Alex Mokover, football recruiting experts Brandon Huffman, Greg Biggins and Blair Angulo, basketball writer Robert Carpentier, and basketball recruiting expert Eric Bossi.

From breaking stories and recruiting, to practice coverage and in-depth analysis, BRO is your one-stop source for UCLA sports. You’ll get HD video interviews with the players and coaches, highlight videos of UCLA’s recruits, the fastest and most knowledgeable reporting from practice, deep cover analysis, and access to the entire 247Sports network, including all of the Pac-12 sites and the national recruiting sites.

Pierson and the BRO staff have collectively put together a list of coaches to watch as the Bruins are in the thick of their search for a new offensive coordinator. 

And right now, BRO is offering 30% off annual subscriptions*, so now is the time to sign up. The team at BRO already has a list out of six potential candidates and there are some surprising names on the list. Head to BRO now to see them all.

Top UCLA offensive coordinator candidates 

One name the staff has identified as a potential candidate is former Stanford head coach David Shaw. The well-respected coaching veteran was the head coach of the Cardinal from 2011-2022, and during that time he led the program to unprecedented success. He went 96-54 overall, guiding Stanford to three Rose Bowl appearances and eight total bowl games.

Shaw has some personal connection to the UCLA program already in place, with his son being a walk-on on the team. His offense at Stanford was more of a pro-style scheme that may be a good fit for the personnel the Bruins already have in place. Shaw’s system produced a pair of Heisman Trophy runner-ups in Christian McCaffrey (2015) and Bryce Love (2017). 

Another name on the list is former UCF and Nebraska head coach Scott Frost. The two-time national championship winning quarterback at Nebraska was a fast riser in the college football coaching ranks, and was the hot name in the industry after he led UCF to a perfect 13-0 record in 2017. Despite his shortcomings as the head coach at his alma mater, Frost has a proven track record as an offensive play caller. 

During his time as offensive coordinator for Oregon, Frost coached 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota to one of the greatest single seasons by a quarterback in college football history. Frost spent the 2023 season unemployed, and will likely need a stop as an offensive coordinator if he wishes to resuscitate his once promising career. See more candidates at Bruin Report Online.

How to get insider UCLA coaching staff search updates 

The rest of the list of six names to know includes several other intriguing former Power 5 head coaches, and a shocking name from the NFL coaching ranks. You can only see who it is at BRO.

Who are the top names in the UCLA offensive coordinator search as the Bruins look to replace Chip Kelly, and what surprising big-name NFL coach could be on the move? Go to Bruin Report Online to see their UCLA coaching hot board and more, all from a team of reporters with decades of experience covering the Bruins, and find out. And reminder, Bruin Report Online is offering 30% off an annual VIP membership as a coaching search special, so subscribe now before it’s too late.

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