McCaslin Hired As New Defensive Coordinator
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa--The Drake football program announced today the hire of Brad McCaslin as the team's new defensive coordinator.
McCaslin comes to Drake from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he coached for 14 seasons, including the last six as the Mavericks' defensive coordinator (2005-10). He also served as associate head coach his final four seasons.
"Coach McCaslin served for 14 years at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before they suddenly dropped football a year ago," said Drake head coach Chris Creighton. "As a graduate assistant and then full-time coach, defensive coordinator and associate head coach he helped build UNO into a first-class program."
As defensive coordinator at UNO McCaslin oversaw a dramatic improvement across the entire unit. The 2007 Mavericks ranked first in the North Central Conference in scoring defense (16.8), turnover margin (+14) and rush defense (97.2). Their red zone defense also improved from worst to first in the NCC from 2006 to 2007. UNO players collected all three NCC defensive MVP awards in 2007 and the Mavericks' defense placed nine players on the All-NCC first team between 2005-10.
"I have found a good place with great people," McCaslin said. "Football is much more than the game and that is exemplified here at Drake. My family and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and look forward to the being part of the family here."
McCaslin began his tenure at Nebraska-Omaha as a graduate student assistant coach for three seasons (1997-99) before becoming a full-time assistant in 2000, in charge of the defensive line. McCaslin's units were quickly among the strongest in the conference. Among his star pupils was All-American Chris Cooper, a sixth-round draft pick who has spent nine seasons in the National Football League. He also coached Buck Rasmussen, who earned a Super Bowl ring in 2005 with the New England Patriots, and Kenny Onatolu, who played with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League before being signed by the Minnesota Vikings prior to the 2009 season.
McCaslin spent four seasons as the team's recruiting coordinator in addition to his defensive line duties, from 2001-05. In 2009 UNO finished third in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association in total defense and had the second-best rushing defense (126.6 yards/game) to go along with the league's third-best passing defense (216.7 yards/game).
A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., McCaslin was a stand-out wide receiver at Hastings College from 1990-1994. While there he set the school record for most receptions in a game. After graduating he taught and coached at Benson High School in Omaha, Neb., for two years before becoming a graduate assistant at UNO.
Brad and his wife Erin have three children, Gabrielle, Kelton, and Bodey.
"Brad is a great fit for us here at Drake, as he is a man of great character and a proven winner," Creighton added. "Our defense has been strong the last four years, and under Coach McCaslin's leadership we expect to get even better."