Kevin Gilbride is in his first season as the Bears' tight ends coach after being hired by the club on January 13, 2018. Gilbride spent the last eight seasons with the New York Giants and the last four as their tight ends coach.
In his time with the Giants, Gilbride has demonstrated an ability to develop young players. Last season, Evan Engram led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions (64) and yards (722) and tied for first in receiving touchdowns (six). Engram also led the Giants in receptions and touchdown catches while finishing second on the team in receiving yards. In 2016, Will Tye, a second-year undrafted player, emerged as the Giants' most consistent tight end. He played in all 16 games with 11 starts, including each of the last 10 games, and finished third on the team with 48 receptions for 395 yards and a touchdown. As a rookie in 2015, Tye led all NFL rookie tight ends in catches (42) and receiving yards (464) and was tied for the lead in touchdown receptions (three).
From 2012-13, Gilbride served as the Giants' wide receivers coach. In the 2013 season opener in Dallas on Sept. 8, Victor Cruz (118 yards), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Rueben Randle (101) each had at least 100 receiving yards, the first time in franchise history that three different players exceeded the century mark in the same game. In Gilbride's first year coaching the receivers in 2012, Cruz became just the second Giants wideout since 1968 to play in the Pro Bowl.
In 2011, Gilbride held the title of offensive assistant. He joined the coaching staff in 2010 as the team's offensive quality control coach and is the son of former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who retired after the 2013 season.
Prior to joining the Giants, Gilbride spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Temple University. In 2009, Gilbride was a member of the Temple coaching staff that led the Owls to a 9-4 record - their first winning record since 1990 - and their first bowl game since 1979.
Before his stint at Temple, Gilbride coached the slot receivers and tight ends at Georgetown University in 2006. He also headed the kickoff coverage unit and assisted on punt, kickoff return and punt block.
Gilbride was an offensive graduate assistant coach at Syracuse University for two seasons (2004-05), working closely with the tight ends in 2005. The Orange captured a share of the Big East title in 2004 and earned a berth in the Champs Sports Bowl. Gilbride first joined the SU staff as a graduate assistant for video in 2003 before then head coach Paul Pasqualoni moved him into a coaching role.
Gilbride graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in speech communications. He was a backup quarterback and played on special teams for the Warriors in 2000 after sitting out the 1999 season following his transfer from Brigham Young. He also earned four letters as a baseball player at Hawaii, playing outfield, first base and designated hitter. As a senior, he batted .308, had a .413 on base percentage and did not commit an error.