UTEP Officially Announces Hiring Of Steelers O-Line Coach Sean Kugler As Their Head Coach

We knew it was coming and Monday it was made official as UTEP officially announced via their website that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler has been hired to be their head coach.

Kugler is still expected to finish out the season with the Steelers, but obviously his evenings will now likely be spent putting together a coaching staff and making phone calls to players and recruits.

Kugler, a four year letter winner at UTEP, was hired by the Steelers prior to the 2010 season and has had to juggle an offensive line unit that has been plagued by injuries since his arrival.

Shaun Sarrett, who was hired prior to the start of this season as the Steelers new offensive assistant/quality control coach when Harold Goodman left to become the offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts figures to have a bigger role in helping out the offensive line moving forward. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Sarrett could be perceived as a candidate to replace Kugler next season if the Steelers choose to stay in house.

Head coach Mike Tomlin will likely be asked about losing Kugler on Tuesday during his regularly scheduled press conference, but we are unlikely to learn anything more than we already know at this point.

  • steeltown

    I have always liked Kugler. He did a pretty good job of shuffling guys around due to the injuries the team sustains annually, But the more I think about it, the more I think change might be needed. When healthy, we have a young talented OLine and a new outlook from a new Coach might be a good thing

  • Cols714

    About time. Kugler didn’t really seem to do a good job at all. The line sucked before he came here and was bad throughout his tenure. Time to bring in someone new.

    Alternativel, it’d be nice if the linemen stopped getting injured. A line of Starks, Colon, Pouncey, DeCastro, and Gilbert seems like a decent line after they got some experience together.

  • zyzak

    He should leave now

  • Maybe this is why his o-line didn’t seem focused Sunday.He was too busy with other thoughts this past week.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Good. Didn’t think he was anything special. But none the less, good for him in getting a head coaching job.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Could Bruce Arians get a head coaching job next year? He has done an admirable job filling in for Chuck Pagano and he has the Colts in position for the playoffs.

  • steeltown

    ….good point

  • steeltown

    Arians will be a head coach soon, maybe as soon as next year

  • John Phillips

    Kugler was way better than the last guy.