BUFFALO, NY – Brad McCaslin, who spent two seasons on the University at Buffalo football staff, is returning to the UB program to serve as defensive tackles coach, head coach Lance Leipold announced on Friday. McCaslin previous served as a defensive analyst as well as a defensive assistant and director of player personnel for the Bulls during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns.
McCaslin has over 20 years of coaching experience, including serving as defensive coordinator at Eastern Michigan in 2014 and 2015. Leipold and McCaslin worked together at Nebraska-Omaha from 1997-2000 and from 2004-06. A proven winner, McCaslin has been part of seven conference championships during his coaching career along with 15 winning seasons.
"I'm extremely excited to have Brad rejoin us," Leipold said. "He is an excellent coach, teacher and communicator who cares deeply about his players. He brings a wealth of experience to our staff both on and off the field."
Prior to Eastern Michigan, McCaslin spent two years at Drake University where he served as the team's defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach. He helped turn the Bulldogs into one of the top defenses in the Pioneer Football League.
In 2012, the Bulldogs ranked second in the PFL in total defense by surrendering just 329 yards per game and two Bulldogs, including PFL Defensive Player of the Year Tyler Moorehead, ranked in the top 10 in the league in sacks. Additionally, nine Drake defenders were named to all-PFL teams.
McCaslin came 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 before the program was disbanded in 2010.
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.
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.
Most recently, McCaslin served as head coach at Benedictine University, a Division III program in Illinois.
McCaslin replaces Tim Edwards who was recently named defensive line coach at Memphis.