Football Coach Jim Mora
On December 10, 2011, former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was named UCLA’s 17th head coach in school history.
Mora comes to UCLA after spending part of 2010 and most of 2011 as an analyst and contributor for the NFL Network and the NFL on FOX.
Mora’s coaching career began in 1984 at the University of Washington where he joined the coaching staff as a defensive assistant under Don James following a three-year playing career as a defensive back.
In 1985, Mora broke into the NFL with the San Diego Chargers where he spent seven seasons, advancing from the league’s first quality control coach to defensive backs coach.
He brings 26 years of NFL coaching experience to UCLA, including four years of NFL head coaching experience at the helm of the Atlanta Falcons (2004-2006) and the Seattle Seahawks (2009-2010).
In his rookie season as head coach of the Falcons, Mora guided the team to an 11-5 record in 2004, becoming just the eighth rookie head coach in NFL history to win 11 games. Atlanta went on to capture the NFC South title and earn an appearance in the NFC Championship game for only the second time in franchise history. The Falcons defense improved from a 32nd league ranking in 2003 to No. 14 overall the next season, fueled by a league-leading and franchise record 48 quarterback sacks.
Mora joined the Falcons from the San Francisco 49ers where he spent seven seasons from 1997-2003, including the latter five as defensive coordinator. In his last two seasons with San Francisco, the 49er defense finished no worse than fourth in the NFC versus the run and in 2003, produced 42 sacks to tie for second in the conference.
As the son of former Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints head coach Jim E. Mora, Jim L. Mora joined his father’s staff in New Orleans in 1992 as the secondary coach, where his defensive expertise begin to take shape.
Outside of his role as a broadcaster, Mora and his wife Shannon, founded the Jim Mora Count on Me Foundation in 2005 which strives to support children in need by affording them the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams, help create more stability in their lives, support advocacy for children, and support channels that allow children to have a voice.
Mora and his wife Shannon have four children – Cole, Lillia, Ryder and Trey.
Seattle Seahawks (2007-2009)
Head coach (2009)
Defensive Coordinator (2007-08)
Atlanta Falcons (2004-2006)
Head Coach (2004-06)
San Francisco 49ers (1997-2003)
Defensive Coordinator (1999-2003)
New Orleans Saints (1992-1996)
San Diego Chargers (1985-91)
Defensive Quality Control (1985-88)
University of Washington (1984)
Graduate Assistant (1984)