Bob Connelly Named USC Offensive Line Coach, Run Game Coordinator|
Feb. 11, 2015
Bob Connelly, who has 20 years of experience coaching offensive lines at such programs as Alabama, a trio of Pac-12 schools and most recently Oklahoma State, has been named USC's offensive line coach and run game coordinator, Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today (Feb. 11).
"We are delighted to have Bob join our staff," said Sarkisian. "He is a great fit for what we do. He is very familiar with Pac-12 and West Coast football, and he is also very versatile as he has coached various offensive styles in his career."
Connelly, 44, spent the 2014 season handling the offensive line at Oklahoma State, which won the Cactus Bowl.
His previous collegiate stop was as the offensive line coach and associate head coach at Arizona State in 2012. His young line helped the Sun Devils rank in the national Top 25 in rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense. ASU won the 2012 Fight Hunger Bowl.
He coached the offensive line at Gilbert (Ariz.) High in 2013.
Connelly spent 4 seasons (2008-11) as the offensive line coach, co-offensive coordinator and associate head coach at UTEP. The Miners twice (2008 and 2009) averaged more than 400 yards of total offense and in 2009 ranked in the national Top 20 in total offense and passing offense. His line blocked for running back Donald Buckram, who set the school season rushing record in 2009. UTEP played in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl.
He was UCLA's offensive line coach in 2007, as the Bruins appeared in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Before that, Connelly spent 4 years (2003-06) as Alabama's offensive line coach. The Crimson Tide's rushing offense was in the national Top 20 in 2004 (tops in the Southeastern Conference). He was named one of the nation's Top 25 recruiters in 2005 by Rivals.com. Among the players he coached at Alabama who went on to play in the NFL were tackles Andre Smith, who became a unanimous All-American, won the Outland Trophy in 2008 and was a first round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, and Wesley Britt, guards Evan Mathis, who was a 2-time All-Pro in the NFL, and Justin Smiley, and center-guard Antoine Caldwell, who became a consensus All-American. Alabama, which was 10-2 in 2005, played in the 2004 Music City Bowl, 2006 Cotton Bowl and 2006 Independence Bowl.
Prior to his Alabama stint, Connelly was the offensive line coach at Washington State for 2 years (2001-02). WSU was in the national Top 25 in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense both years and won 10 games each season. The 2002 Cougar squad won a share of the Pac-10 title and played in the 2003 Rose Bowl (WSU also won the 2001 Sun Bowl).
Connelly began his coaching career in 1995 at his alma mater, Texas A&M-Commerce, working as a graduate assistant with the offensive line and tight ends.
He then spent 2 seasons (1996-97) at Cisco Junior College, again coaching the offensive line and tight ends. In 1998, he was a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M, which played in the Sugar Bowl, and among the offensive linemen he worked with were future NFL guards Rex Tucker, Cameron Spikes and Seth McKinney. He was the offensive line and tight ends coach at Cal State Northridge in 1999, then handled the offensive line at San Jose State in 2000 (the Spartans ran for 29 touchdowns and allowed just 11 sacks).
Connelly was an All-Conference offensive guard as a junior and senior at Texas A&M-Commerce in 1992 and 1993 (known then as East Texas State). He was the school's male athlete of the year as a senior. He also was a 3-time Academic All-Conference pick.
He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and sports studies from Texas A&M-Commerce in 1994 and then a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from there in 1995.
He prepped at Newman-Smith High in Carrollton (Tex.).
He was born on Feb. 7, 1971. He and his wife, Racquel, have 2 daughters, Taylor and Paige.