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Brad McCaslin
Position: Defensive Coordinator
Alma Mater: Hastings College
Graduating Year: 1994
Phone: 515-271-2818
Email: bradley.mccaslin@drake.edu

Brad McCaslin joined the Drake football program as defensive coordinator in February 2012 and immediately helped make Drake one of the top defenses in the Pioneer Football League.

In 2012, the Bulldogs ranked second in the PFL in total defense by surrendering just 329 yards per game and two Bulldogs, including PFL Defensive Player of the Year Tyler Moorehead, ranked in the top 10 in the league in sacks. Additionally, nine Drake defenders were named to all-PFL teams.
McCaslin came to Drake from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he coached for 14 seasons, including the last six as the Mavericks’ defensive coordinator (2005-10). He also served as associate head coach his final four seasons.

As defensive coordinator at UNO McCaslin oversaw a dramatic improvement across the entire unit. The 2007 Mavericks ranked first in the North Central Conference in scoring defense (16.8), turnover margin (+14) and rush defense (97.2). Their red zone defense also improved from worst to first in the NCC from 2006 to 2007. UNO players collected all three NCC defensive MVP awards in 2007.

McCaslin began his tenure at Nebraska-Omaha as a graduate student assistant coach for three seasons (1997-99) before becoming a full-time assistant in 2000, in charge of the defensive line. McCaslin’s units were quickly among the strongest in the conference. Among his star pupils was All-American Chris Cooper, a sixth-round draft pick who has spent nine seasons in the National Football League. He also coached Buck Rasmussen, who earned a Super Bowl ring in 2005 with the New England Patriots, and Kenny Onatolu, who played with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League before being signed by the Minnesota Vikings prior to the 2009 season.

McCaslin spent four seasons as the team’s recruiting coordinator in addition to his defensive line duties, from 2001-05. In 2009, UNO finished third in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association in total defense and had the second-best rushing defense to go along with the league’s third-best passing defense.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., McCaslin was a stand-out wide receiver at Hastings College from 1990-1994. While there he set the school record for most receptions in a game. After graduating he taught and coached at Benson High School in Omaha, Neb., for two years before becoming a graduate assistant at UNO.

Brad and his wife Erin have three children, Gabrielle, Kelton, and Bodey.