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Sean Kugler
Offensive Line-Guards/Centers
Age:
51
College:
UTEP
Hometown:
Lockport, New York
Experience:
12

Kugler is a 28-year coaching veteran who has 18 seasons of experience coaching the offensive line. This is his 12th year working in the NFL, having previously coached for Detroit (2001-05), Buffalo (2007-09) and Pittsburgh (2010-12).

During the last five years, Kugler was the head coach for his alma mater, the University of Texas-El Paso.

Kugler is a 28-year coaching veteran who has 18 seasons of experience coaching the offensive line. This is his 12th year working in the NFL, having previously coached for Detroit (2001-05), Buffalo (2007-09) and Pittsburgh (2010-12).

During the last five years, Kugler was the head coach for his alma mater, the University of Texas-El Paso.

In Kugler’s three years coaching the offensive line for Pittsburgh, the Steelers averaged more than 350 yards per game and made the postseason twice. Pittsburgh’s offensive line paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Rashard Mendenhall (1,273 yds.) in 2010 as the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV.

Center Maurkice Pouncey made his first three Pro Bowls under Kugler from 2010-12 in addition to being named an Associated Press All-Pro choice all three years (First Team – 2011; Second Team – 2010, ’12).

Coaching the offensive line in Buffalo from 2007-09, Kugler’s units blocked for three different 1,000-yard rushers in a three-year span:Willis McGahee (1,247 yds.) in 2007, Marshawn Lynch (1,036 yds.) in 2008 and Fred Jackson (1,062 yds.) in 2009. Tackle Jason Petersmade his first two career Pro Bowl selections from 2007-08 playing for Kugler.

Before joining the Bills, Kugler spent one season as assistant head coach/offensive line at Boise State University. Former Broncos tackle Ryan Clady earned first-team All-America honors playing under Kugler as Boise State finished the 2006 season with a perfect 13-0 record and the school’s first-ever BCS Bowl game berth.

Kugler got his start in the NFL coaching tight ends for Detroit from 2001-05. He added responsibilities coaching the offensive line for the Lions from 2004-05.

Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Kugler worked as an assistant at UTEP from 1993-2000. He served as a graduate assistant (1993) and tight end coach (1994) during his first two seasons before transitioning to coach the offensive line from 1995-2000.

A former offensive lineman at UTEP, where his position coach was current Kansas City Head Coach Andy Reid, Kugler played one season in the World League of American Football with the Sacramento Surge in 1989. He coached high school football in Florida for three seasons (1990-92) while completing his degree in education from the University of South Florida.

A native of Lockport, N.Y., Kugler was born on Aug. 9, 1966.

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