TAMPA - The University of South Florida has hired Chuck Bresnahan to serve as defensive coordinator, head coach Willie Taggart announced on Wednesday. Bresnahan brings 26 years of coaching experience to USF and has served as a defensive coordinator for eight seasons in the NFL.
"I couldn't be more excited about the talent and experience we've added to our defensive staff today," Taggart said. "Chuck has coached at the highest levels and will bring a wealth of knowledge on the defensive side of the ball. His ability to teach the game and mentor our players will be an asset to this football team and I know he'll be a terrific recruiter."
Bresnahan was the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders in 2011. He was also the Raiders' defensive coordinator when they played in Super Bowl XXXVII after being hired by Jon Gruden in 1998. In total, Bresnahan served as the defensive coordinator for the Raiders in 2011 and from 2000-03. He held the same position with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2005-07.
Bresnahan spent three seasons coaching in the United Football League (UFL) as defensive coordinator for the Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2012 and as a linebackers coach and defensive coordinator with the Florida Tuskers in 2009-10. He helped lead the Tuskers to the UFL Championship Game in both seasons.
While serving as defensive coordinator in Cincinnati, Bresnahan helped the Bengals capture their first division title in 17 years in 2006. In total, he spent four seasons on the Bengals coaching staff, including the final three as defensive coordinator.
Bresnahan went to Cincinnati after six successful seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He started with the Silver and Black in 1998, when Gruden took over as head coach, coaching defensive backs for two seasons (1998-99). Gruden promoted Bresnahan to defensive coordinator in 2000 and he served in that position until 2003. The Raiders won three straight AFC Western Division titles and played in Super Bowl XXXVII with Bresnahan as defensive coordinator.
Bresnahan's NFL experience dates back to 1994, when he spent two seasons with Cleveland as linebackers/quality control coach (1994-95) and two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as linebackers coach (1996-97).
Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Bresnahan was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Maine from 1992-93. From 1988-91, he was an assistant at Georgia Tech, handling tight ends in his first season, then moving to inside linebackers for the final three seasons. During his stint at Georgia Tech, the school earned a share of the 1990 National Championship.
Before joining the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant in 1983 for the Naval Academy, Bresnahan was a three-year letterman for the Midshipmen, where he helped claim three Commander-in-Chief Trophies and played in two bowl games (Garden State Bowl and Liberty Bowl). He served as a commissioned officer from 1984-86 before coaching wide receivers/tight ends and special teams at Navy from 1986-87.
Bresnahan comes from a football lineage. His father, Tom, served in the NFL for 17 years and is one of the most respected offensive line coaches in league history. He was a member of Marv Levy's Buffalo Bills staff that went to four consecutive Super Bowls.
Bresnahan and his wife, Erin, have four daughters: Megan, Caitlin, Caroline and Danielle.
1983: Navy (Graduate Assistant)
1986-87: Navy (Wide Receivers/Tight Ends/Special Teams)
1988: Georgia Tech (Tight Ends)
1989-91: Georgia Tech (Inside Linebackers)
1992-93: Maine (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
1994-95: Cleveland Browns (Linebackers/Quality Control)
1996-97: Indianapolis Colts (Linebackers)
1998-99: Oakland Raiders (Defensive Backs)
2000-03: Oakland Raiders (Defensive Coordinator)
2004: Cincinnati Bengals (Defensive Assistant)
2005-07: Cincinnati Bengals (Defensive Coordinator)
2009: Florida Tuskers (Linebackers)
2010: Florida Tuskers (Defensive Coordinator)
2011: Oakland Raiders (Defensive Coordinator)
2012: Sacramento Mountain Lions (Defensive Coordinator)