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Former John Carroll DC Brandon Staley hired by Chicago Bears

Brandon Staley has made a name for himself here in Northeast Ohio both as a football player and as a coach.

It all began at Perry High School in Lake County back in the late 1990’s. Brandon and his twin brother Jason were the quarterback and wide receiver duo who helped lead the Pirates football team to the state football playoffs.

Brandon continues to climb the ladder of the football ranks as a coach. Last season, Staley served as the defensive coordinator for the Ohio Athletic Conference champion John Carroll Blue Streaks.

The Blue Streaks advanced to the division three national semifinals last season under Staley and head coach Tom Arth.

Both were rewarded for their success in University Heights. Arth is now the head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Staley has actually been hired twice since December. He originally followed Arth to Chattanooga to serve as his defensive coordinator. Well Arth has to search for another defensive coordinator now because Staley is going pro.

Staley has been named the outside linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears. Zac Jackson of profootballtalk.com reported the news on Wednesday morning.

Staley replaces Clint Hurtt in the ‘Windy City’ for head coach John Fox. It’s Staley’s first coaching job in the National Football League.

Staley concluded his playing career with the Dayton Flyers and the Mercyhurst Lakers. He began his coaching career as a graduate assitant with the Northern Illinois Huskies from 2006 thru 2008.

Staley has also served as a defensive coach at Saint Thomas University, Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, The University of Tennessee and James Madison University.

Staley spent ther last two years as the Blue Streaks defensive coordinator.

Scott Piker has spent over 15 years in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers and Buckeyes. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on examiner.com. Scott has also received an emmy award in television news. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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