Tim Tibesar


Tim Tibesar was named the Chicago Bears linebackers coach on January 29, 2013.

Tim Tibesar was named the Chicago Bears linebackers coach on January 29, 2013.

Tibesar spent 2012 as Purdue’s defensive coordinator/linebackers coach after working the previous three seasons in Montreal as the Alouettes linebackers coach (2009-10) and defensive coordinator (2011). During his time in Montreal, the Alouettes won two Grey Cups and in 2009 the defensive unit ranked first in 22 of the league's 26 categories, including allowing the second fewest points per game in modern CFL history.

Prior to his time with the Alouettes, Tibesar worked three years at Kansas State running the special teams in 2006 before being named defensive coordinator for the final two seasons (2007-08). In 2007 the Wildcats led the Big 12 in sacks per game (30 sacks in 12 contests). In 2006, K-State led the nation in special teams scores (seven), topping the country with three kickoff return touchdowns and finishing second with three punt return touchdowns, while adding a fumble return touchdown. That year, the team was tops in the nation in kickoff returns (27.1 yards per return) and 16th in punt returns (13.0) as Yamon Figurs was fifth in the nation, individually, averaging 14.7 yards per punt return. The Wildcats kickoff coverage unit was 18th in the nation (18.1 ypr) in kickoff coverage. Kansas State also blocked three punts that season.

Tibesar started coaching in 1997 at San Diego State University, working as a student assistant for two years. In 1998 he became linebackers coach at Grossmont College. He was an offensive GA/assistant offensive line coach at the University of California-Berkley in 1999. In 2000, Tibesar served as Cornell’s tight ends coach before spending five seasons working at his alma mater, North Dakota. He first worked as the Fighting Sioux’s inside linebackers coach in 2001, a position he held for three seasons. In 2004, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. During his two seasons as defensive coordinator, North Dakota ranked first in the North Central Conference in scoring defense, total defense, pass efficiency defense and sacks. In 2004, North Dakota led all of Division II in scoring defense, yielding 12.2 points per game, including just 10.5 points per game in the regular season. Under Tibesar’s tutelage, a North Dakota player was named North Central Conference’s Most Valuable Linebacker on three occasions.

Tibesar was a four-year letterwinner (1993-96) at North Dakota, serving as team captain in his final two years. As a senior he earned first-team All-America honors and was named the NCC’s Male Athlete of the Year, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics. He received a Master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State in 1998.

He and his wife, Jill, have one daughter, Elle.

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