Sean Kugler introduced at UTEP but finishing season with Steelers
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Tuesday December 11, 2012
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 10, 2012
Sean Kugler appeared Monday at his alma mater to be introduced as the 25th football coach in UTEP history wearing a pressed white button down shirt and tie but no jacket.
"I am going to call my wife out right here. Patsy I love you, but you should have packed my jacket," Kugler said. "I am the first coach in the history of football to go to a press conference without a sport jacket."
The Miners didn't seem to mind. They were just happy to have Kugler home or at least almost home. Kugler will finish out the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom he is the offensive line coach, before going full-time with UTEP.
"There is no possible way I would ever leave my players in the middle of the season. I am hoping it is later than sooner," he said. "I am going to go back to Pittsburgh, and I am going to do double duty. On my time, I'll prepare everything I need to get done here. On the Steelers time, I am going to do everything I've got until the end of the season."
Kugler's introductory press conference was a jovial affair with UTEP athletic director Bob Stull showing off a picture of a bulky Kugler when he was an offensive lineman for the Miners. Stull also joked that he though Kugler's hiring was a package deal that included Kugler's offensive lineman son who currently is committed to play for Michigan.
Kugler also served as an assistant coach at UTEP. Still, Stull said he did his due diligence during the hiring. Stull contacted Boise State head coach Chris Peterson and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for recommendations, and both raved about Kugler's teaching skills, Stull said.
"In fact, Chris Peterson said after Sean left (Boise State) he had all the assistant coaches design their meetings the way Sean conducts his meetings," Stull said.
Kugler will speak to all the Miners current assistant coaches before reaching out to other potential assistant coaches, he said. He did not put a timetable on hiring his staff. He will not coordinate the offense or call plays, he said.
"I am going to trust that all my coaches are going to do their jobs," he said. "As a coach myself, I have always responded best to a coach that lets you coach. I am going to let those guys be themselves and be their best selves. I am going to do my best to make UTEP a consistent winner. I am going to give it everything I've got. I can't promise anything beyond that. I hope that translates into wins for us."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org