Frank Gansz Jr. leaving UCLA
UCLA special teams coach Frank Gansz Jr. has left the team for personal reasons and Angus McClure, the director of on-campus recruiting, will take over, coach Rick Neuheisel announced Monday.
Gansz had been with the team since Neuheisel took over in 2008, but has acknowledged in the past having difficulties dealing with the death of his father, a special teams coaching guru in the NFL and college for nearly 40 years. Frank Gansz Sr. died in April 2009 following complications from knee surgery. He was the special teams coach at Southern Methodist at the time.
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"Frank has done a great job for us during our three years together and I certainly wish him all the best," Neuheisel said in a statement. "He feels that it's in his best interest to make this move and I certainly understand and respect his decision."
Gansz Jr. had been a special teams coach for the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens before joining Neuheisel at UCLA. He coached Kai Forbath, the 2009 Lou Groza award winner as the nation's best kicker, and his last two punters, Aaron Perez and Jeff Locke, have led the Pac-10 in punting average.
McClure has been on the UCLA staff since 2007. He served as tight ends coach under Karl Dorrell and spent the last three seasons handling recruiting administration and organization, managing all official and unofficial visits and serving as liaison with pro scouts, among other duties.
McClure previously served as the offensive line/run game coordinator on Turner Gill's staff at the University of Buffalo during the 2006 season and was an assistant on Bill Callahan's staff at Nebraska in 2004-05.
"Angus has a lot of experience both in on-field coaching and administration and organization," Neuheisel said. "He has been a valuable member of the staff and I know he was anxious to return to coaching. This will be a smooth transition and I expect our special teams to flourish under his guidance."
Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.