Feb. 6, 2012
RENO, Nev. – As part of a staff restructuring, Nevada football coach Chris Ault announced today that Mike Bradeson has been promoted to defensive coordinator and running backs coach Casey Moore will not return to the program.
Designed to spark new energy on both sides of the ball, the restructuring will include three new hires on the offensive side, including a coordinator/quarterbacks coach, and the move to a four-man staff on the defensive side of the ball, Ault said.
“My goal is to expand the Pistol offense by hiring an offensive coordinator who will also coach the quarterbacks,” Ault said. “That will allow me to focus on other aspects of the offense as well spend more time being involved on the defensive side of the ball.
With 20 recruits signed last week on National Signing Day, Ault said he plans to move quickly in hiring to fill the three open spots on the Wolf Pack coaching staff.
Bradeson has coached safeties at Nevada for the past two seasons, helping a young secondary mature into one that produced 2010 all-conference selection Duke Williams, who will return for his senior season this fall. He previously served as the defensive coordinator at UNLV for five seasons under John Robinson as part of a 15-year tenure in Las Vegas. During that time, Bradeson coached or recruited eight players who went on to the NFL and three Mountain West defensive players of the year.
““Being a secondary guy, I’m confident that Brad will bring a new energy to our defense,” Ault said. “I feel that his experiences at the collegiate level over the years make him a very viable coach and coordinator for us as we move forward.”
While the coordinator, the UNLV defense led the conference and was seventh nationally in takeaways in 2003. In 2001, UNLV led the conference in passing defense (189.4 ypg) and was 11th nationally in pass efficiency defense.
“I’d like to thank Coach Ault as I am very excited to step into the defensive coordinator position,” Bradeson said. “This is such an exciting time as we move into a new conference. We will coach and play with high energy and great effort.”
Bradeson will remain as the safeties coach while associate head coach Ken Wilson will move from defensive ends to the linebacking corps and Barry Sacks will coach the entire defensive front. James Ward, who enters his fifth season at Nevada this year, will remain with the cornerbacks to round out the four-man staff on defense.
In addition to the coordinator/quarterbacks coach position, Nevada will be hiring an offensive line coach and a running backs coach.
Moore spent two seasons at Nevada, first as a quality control assistant before taking over the running backs duties in 2011.
“Casey is a good man and a good coach and I’ll do whatever I can to help him find a better fit in the coaching profession,” Ault said.
The Wolf Pack will open spring drills on March 30 with the annual Silver and Blue game set for April 21. Nevada will move to the Mountain West this summer and the 2012 season opens Sept. 1 at Cal with the home opener set for Sept. 8 against BCS foe South Florida.