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Tim Tibesar among three new Bears assistant coaches

Posted Jan 29, 2013

The Bears on Tuesday hired former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar as their new linebackers coach.

New Bears coach Marc Trestman continued to assemble his staff Tuesday, hiring Tim Tibesar as linebackers coach and Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch as offensive quality control assistants.

Tibesar spent last season as Purdue's defensive coordinator/linebackers coach after working the previous three seasons under Trestman with the Montreal Alouettes as linebackers coach (2009-10) and defensive coordinator (2011).

Tim Tibesar helped the Alouettes capture back-to-back CFL titles in 2009-10.
The Alouettes won back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010 and led the CFL in run defense in 2011, allowing an average of 92.4 yards per game.

In 2009, Montreal ranked first in 22 of the league's 26 defensive categories and permitted the second fewest points per game (18.0) in CFL history.

Tibesar joined the Alouettes after spending three seasons at Kansas State as special teams coordinator (2006) and defensive coordinator (2007-08).

In 2006, the Wildcats led the nation with seven special-teams touchdowns, ranking first with a school-record three kickoff return TDs and second with three punt return TDs.

In 2007, Tibesar guided a Kansas State defense that led the Big 12 with 2.5 sacks per game while coaching six players who earned all-conference honors.

Tibesar started his coaching career at Cornell as tight ends coach in 2000 before spending five seasons working at his alma mater, North Dakota, as inside linebackers coach (2001-03) and defensive coordinator (2004-05).

Tibesar was a four-year letterman at North Dakota from 1993-96, serving as team captain his final two years. As a senior he earned first-team All-America honors and was named the North Central Conference's Male Athlete of the Year.

Nugent spent last season on Trestman's staff with the Alouettes as a special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach after working the previous five years at William & Mary coaching running backs and tight ends.

Walch spent the last three seasons with the Alouettes as a special teams quality control assistant (2010-11) and wide receivers coach (2012). Prior to joining Montreal, he coached three seasons at his alma mater, Winona State.

Roster move: The Bears on Tuesday signed safety Tom Nelson to a reserve/future contract.

The 5-11, 200-pounder has appeared in 24 NFL games with three starts over three seasons with the Bengals (2009-10) and Eagles (2011), recording 28 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed. Nelson grew up in Arlington Heights and played collegiately at Illinois State.

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