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Bears hire defensive assistants


The Chicago Bears have hired Reggie Herring (linebackers) and Paul Pasqualoni (defensive line) to their coaching staff.

          Herring has 33 years of coaching experience, including eight as a linebackers coach in the NFL. Pasqualoni has 42 years of coaching experience, including 22 as a collegiate head coach and six seasons as a NFL assistant. The two coaches worked together with the Cowboys in 2010 when Pasqualoni was Dallas' defensive coordinator/defensive line coach and Herring was the linebackers coach.
          Herring spent the last three seasons (2011-13) as the linebackers coach of the Houston Texans, his second such stint with the team (2002-03). In 2011, Herring helped Brian Cushing earn second team AP All-Pro honors as he led the team with 114 tackles.  That season, Connor Barwin made the transition to outside linebacker from defensive end and tied for third in the AFC with a team-high 11.5 sacks. Houston linebackers accounted for 27 of the team's 44 sacks that year as the Texans ranked second in the NFL in total defense (285.7 yards per game).
         During Herring's three seasons (2008-10) coaching the linebackers in Dallas, DeMarcus Ware led the NFL with 46.5 sacks. In 2008, Ware led the NFL with 20 sacks, tied for eighth most in NFL single-season history and second most by a linebacker in a single-season (trailing Lawrence Taylor's 20.5 in 1986). 
          In addition to his NFL experience, Herring spent 25 seasons in the collegiate coaching ranks including 24 as a linebackers coach and 11 as a defensive coordinator. Herring's final collegiate stop was as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Arkansas (2005-07) where he also served as the interim head coach for the Razorbacks in the 2008 Cotton Bowl. In 2006, Herring was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in the nation.
          Herring spent the 2004 season as the defensive coordinator at NC State and also served as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Clemson (1997-01) and TCU (1992-93) and the linebackers coach at Clemson (1994-9), Auburn (1986-91) and Oklahoma State (1982-85) after starting his coaching career in 1981 as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State.
          Pasqualoni was most recently head coach at the University of Connecticut (2011-13).  He also has served as head coach at Syracuse University (1991-2004) and Western Connecticut (1982-86). As a collegiate head coach, Pasqualoni compiled a 151-94-1 record, posted 15 winning seasons, won five conference titles and led his teams to a 6-3 record in nine bowl games. He helped coach over 30 NFL draft selections during his time as coach at Syracuse, including seven eventual first-round draft picks: WR Marvin Harrison, S Donovin Darius, S Tebucky Jones, QB Donovan McNabb, LB Keith Bulluck, S Will Allen and DE Dwight Freeney. At Connecticut, Pasqualoni helped tutor six eventual NFL Draft picks, including a school-record five in the 2013 NFL Draft. Four of the six (DE Kendall Reyes, CB Dwayne Gratz, LB Sio Moore and TE Ryan Griffin) made starts in the NFL this season.
          Prior to his time at Connecticut, Pasqualoni worked in the NFL for six seasons (2005-10). Before serving as Dallas' defensive coordinator/defensive line coach, Pasqualoni served as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins (2008-09). In 2008, Miami's defense was ninth in the NFL in points per game (19.8) and eighth in the league in sacks (40), as the Dolphins won the AFC East title. In 2009, Miami was tied for third in the NFL with 44 sacks.
          From 2006-07, Pasqualoni served as the linebackers coach of the Cowboys after working as Dallas' tight ends coach in 2005. In 2007, Ware was tied for third in the NFL with 14 sacks and was tied for ninth in the league with 11.5 sacks in 2006.
          Before being named head coach of Syracuse in 1991, he spent four seasons (1987-90) as linebackers coach of the Orangemen. A collegiate linebacker at Penn State (1968-71), Pasqualoni began his coaching career in 1972 at his high school alma mater, Cheshire, in Connecticut. He got his first collegiate coaching experience at Southern Connecticut State where he was an assistant coach for four seasons (1976-79) before being named the school's defensive coordinator, a title he held from 1980-81.       
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