Paul Rhoads has experience as an assistant coach in the SEC, with stints as both defensive coordinator and defensive back coach at Auburn and Arkansas through the years. Now, he will be taking his defensive mind to the Pac-12.
Per Bruce Feldman, Rhoads has agreed to join Chip Kelly’s staff at UCLA as the secondary coach.
Rhoads was the defensive coordinator at Auburn in 2008 before becoming the coach at Iowa State, where Gene Chizik had just left to lead Auburn. In seven years with the Cyclones, Rhoads went 32-55 and guided the program to three bowl games, but he was fired in 2015 after winning just eight games in the previous three seasons.
He would join Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas in 2016 as the defensive backs coach before getting promoted to defensive coordinator leading into this season. On Saturday, Rhoads posted a heartfelt message to Razorbacks fans, thanking them for their support during his time in Fayetteville.