UCLA hires Eric Bieniemy: Ex-Chiefs, Commanders offensive coordinator joins Bruins as associate head coach/OC

One of the most notable names in the NFL coaching carousel across the last few seasons, former Washington Commanders assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has a new home. Bieniemy will move back to the college ranks joining new UCLA coach DeShaun Foster’s staff as associate head coach/offensive coordinator.

“This is a great opportunity for me to help support DeShaun as a new head coach, to work with him and for him as well,” Bieniemy told CBS Sports Senior NFL Insider Josina Anderson and NFL writer Garrett Podell via text message. “I chose to fly under the radar during this hiring process, and my experience generated a lot of interest from a number of NFL teams prior to coming to this decision.”

Bieniemy, who previously rose to prominence as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, said two NFL teams showed interest in him as an offensive coordinator early in the offseason hiring process. He also interviewed with the Commanders for their head-coaching vacancy and received a variety of other NFL offers ranging from associate head coach and running backs coach to senior offensive assistant.

Bieniemy returns for a second coaching stint in Westwood, California, with 19 years between his time with the Bruins. He previously coached running backs at UCLA from 2003-05 before beginning his NFL coaching career. This won’t be his first time as a college offensive coordinator, either: Bieniemy called plays at Colorado, his alma mater, for two seasons (2011-12) prior to joining UCLA.

“This is a great opportunity to work at a historical institution that has produced a number of successful alums in many different professions across the board,” Bieniemy said. “It is an opportunity for my family and I to return back to a place we once called home. This is a great opportunity for me to utilize all of my experience working with future Hall of Fame players and a Hall of Fame…


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