On December 10, 2011, former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora was named Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins. A former NFC Coach of the Year, Mora brought 25 years of NFL coaching savvy and experience to the Bruins football team. In his first season as head coach he led UCLA to clinch the Pac-12 South title, earning a #3 pick for the 2013 draft and the highest ranked recruiting class the school had seen in the past two decades. Since joining the Bruins, the team has produced three consecutive seasons of nine wins or more, a first in program history. His 29 total wins are the most-ever by a UCLA coach in his initial three seasons on the job. With a philosophy to focus on the defensive end of the sport, Jim Mora led defensive teams to finish at or near the top of defensive stats from overall defense to pass defense, takeaways, run defense, and sacks. Mora’s efforts eventually resulted in him earning his first head coaching position in the NFL.