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Bob Babich

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Itís said that success spawns success, and Aliquippa High School has produced numerous football players who have gone on to become outstanding coaches such as Mike Ditka and Don Yannessa. Bob Babich is continuing that tradition.    
A standout football player for Yannessaís Quips in the late-1970ís, Babich first took his talents to Mesa Community College, becoming freshman Defensive Player of the Year, before transferring to Tulsa, where he was a team captain on a 10-1 squad his senior season. That experience encouraged Babich to pursue a career in coaching, one he has performed with great success at the college and professional level for close to 30 years.    

Babich has been an NFL assistant coach since 2003, spending the last five seasons with the Chicago Bears, three as defensive coordinator. Babich assumed responsibility of the Bears defense in 2007 after three seasons as the teamís linebackers coach. The first assistant to join Lovie Smithís inaugural coaching staff, Babich was initially hired by the Bears on January 17, 2004, as the teamís linebackers coach. He added the title of assistant head coach for the 2006 season in which Chicago advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years.    

During Babichís five years with the team, the Bears linebacker corps has been arguably the most productive in the NFL. Under his tutelage, linebacker Brian Urlacher became the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Urlacher and fellow linebacker Lance Briggs have been perennial Pro Bowl selections.

Babich began his NFL coaching career in 2003 with St. Louis where he was hired as the teamís linebackers coach to serve under Smith, the Rams defensive coordinator at the time.    

Prior to joining the Rams, Babich spent 19 years as a college coach, the final six as the head coach at North Dakota State University (1997-2002). In his first head coaching job, Babich amassed a 46-22 career mark by posting five winning seasons with two NCAA Division II playoff appearances. The Bison were 9-2 in the regular season in his first year in 1997 and 12-1 in 2000, reaching the national semifinals before losing to eventual national champion Delta State.    

Babich served 12 seasons as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level at five different schools. Babich began his career as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Tulsa (1984), before being promoted to tight ends coach (1985), assistant offensive line (1986) and strong safeties coach(1987). From Tulsa, Babich moved on to become an assistant at Wisconsin for two seasons, one as an assistant offensive line coach (1988) and one as tight ends coach (1989). Babich coached linebackers at Bowling Green (1991) and East Carolina (1992-93) before joining the Pitt Panthers in 1994.    

Babich and his wife, Nancy, have one son, Bobby, one daughter, Janie, daughter in law, Lacey and granddaughter, Lainey Marie.