Coach comes from Northwest Missouri State

Updated: February 26, 2004, 2:40 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Jim Svoboda, offensive coordinator at Northwest Missouri State University the past 10 years, was hired Wednesday as quarterbacks coach at UCLA.

The hiring completes coach Karl Dorrell's staff for next season.

The Bearcats won national championships in 1998 and 1999 with Svoboda's offensive units ranked among the most potent in NCAA Division II. In addition, his teams broke more than 50 individual and team offensive records.

Northwest Missouri went 8-3 last season, averaging 236 passing yards per game.

"Obviously, this is a great opportunity for me and my career," said Svoboda, who was also quarterbacks coach at Northwest Missouri. "To be able to coach the quarterback position at a highly-regarded school like UCLA is an unbelievable opportunity.

"Coach Dorrell has been in the NFL and been a coordinator several times. I really feel good that they interviewed several candidates and felt I was the guy they wanted."

Before joining the staff at Northwest Missouri, Svoboda was the head coach and offensive coordinator at Nebraska Wesleyan University for seven years. His teams there went 52-19.

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