Wednesday, June 6, 2007

TE Coach Wristen Resigns

Karl Dorrell announced yesterday that UCLA tight ends/special teams coach John Wristen has resigned to pursue an opportunity to become a college head coach.

“It looks like John has the chance to be in the mix for the head coaching position at Colorado State University/Pueblo, which is his alma mater,” said Dorrell.

“John wants to put all of his efforts into trying to land that job. We agreed that in order for him to focus all of his energies in that direction, it would be best for him to resign so he can be in Colorado to pursue that position.”

“I would like to thank Coach Dorrell and the UCLA family for my opportunity here at UCLA,” said Wristen. “It has been a wonderful experience but the chance to pursue the head coaching position at my alma mater is an opportunity I can not pass up.”

Wristen was only at UCLA for one year, but he helped coach place kicker Justin Medlock to an All American season. Before coming to Westwood Coach Wristen spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. During that time, the Buffaloes won four Big 12 North championships and the 2001 Big 12 title

This means that Dorrell is going to have to go out and quickly get a tight ends coach before the fall. Safeties coach Gary DeLoach had been sharing the special teams duties with Wristen since before Spring Practice, so that aspect is covered.

We wish the best of luck to coach Wristen!

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