UCLA announces hire of Bill McGovern as Bruins' new defensive coordinator
It was reported Wednesday that UCLA was set to hire Bill McGovern as its new defensive coordinator, and the Bruin program made that official on Thursday.
McGovern is coming to Westwood.
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He’ll replace Jerry Azzinaro, though UCLA has yet to say anything official about the former DC’s departure. He resigned last month, according to multiple reports.
McGovern spent the 2021 season coaching inside linebackers for the Chicago Bears at the professional level. Most of his coaching experience is at the collegiate level, though he has spent eight of the last nine seasons in the NFL.
The defensive coordinator at Boston College from 2009-12, McGovern was UCLA coach Chip Kelly’s pick to coach outside linebackers for the Philadelphia Eagles when Kelly jumped from Oregon to the pros. He served on the Eagles’ staff through the 2015 season and then joined the New York Giants, where he was the team’s linebacker coach through the 2019 season.
McGovern got his start coaching at Pennsylvania in 1985. He spent the better part of the next two decades at the college level. He served two stints at his alma mater, Holy Cross, from 1986-87 and then 1991-92. From 1988 to 1990, he coached at UMass, returning in 1993 after leaving Holy Cross. In 1994, he landed at Boston College for his first stint with the Eagles.
He spent three seasons there before moving to Pitt, where he spent another three seasons.
In 2000, McGovern returned to BC, where he coached until he left for Philly. He coached linebackers until 2009 when he was also given the defensive coordinator tag. McGovern helped develop All-American linebackers Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly while at BC.