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Bears GM Poles announces staff promotions


Bears general manger Ryan Poles on Thursday announced several staff promotions involving the team's scouting staff and football administration department.

"I couldn't be more proud of the work our player personnel staff and scouts have put in to this organization since January," Poles said. "These promotions and hirings are all well-deserved and put us in a great position moving forward when it comes to scouting the best talent at the collegiate and NFL levels."

Former area scout Breck Ackley has been promoted to assistant director of college scouting. Former pro scout Chris White has been promoted to assistant director of pro scouting, while national scouts Sam Summerville and Francis Saint Paul have been elevated to senior national scouts.

Ashton Washington, who spent last season as a scouting assistant, has been promoted to player personnel coordinator, and Charles Love, also a scouting assistant the past two seasons, has been promoted to pro scout.

Other promotions and changes involving area scouts include John Syty (Southwest) and Brendan Rehor (Southeast). Poles also hired area scouts Tom Bradway (Northeast) from the Raiders and Ryan Cavanaugh (Midwest), who spent 12 seasons with the Texans before serving as a college scouting coordinator at Ohio State in 2021. The Bears also named Ryan Weese, who spent the past two seasons with the Montana State football program, a scouting assistant.

On the football administration side, Mike Santarelli, former director of football systems, has been promoted to executive director of football technology, while James Cosh has been elevated to manager of football administration/pro scout. Cosh previously held the position of salary cap/pro scouting analyst.