East Lansing — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has rounded out his staff, naming Chuck Bullough as the Spartans’ defensive ends coach.
Bullough, who spent the last two seasons coaching the defensive line at Eastern Michigan, replaces Mark Snyder, who left to become the defensive ends coach at Florida State after Harlon Barnett was named the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator.
“We’re very excited to have Chuck Bullough back at Michigan State,” Dantonio said. “He was an outstanding player here for George Perles, and the rest of his family bleeds green as well. He has a tremendous wealth of football knowledge, having played and coached in the NFL, and also coordinating at two major conference schools. He’s a front-seven coach with a very impressive resume.”
Bullough, who played at Michigan State from 1988-91, is the uncle of current Michigan State linebacker Byron Bullough, as well as former Spartans Max and Riley Bullough. He is the son of former Michigan State player and assistant coach Henry Bullough.
In 1991, Bullough had 175 tackles while playing middle linebacker, still a single-season record at Michigan State.
“It’s definitely been a journey,” Bullough said. “I started under Coach Dantonio when I became a graduate assistant here (1997), then you go out into the profession and have a chance to coach at a lot of great places. Eventually, you want to come back home, and I’m very fortunate to be coming home to the same coach that I started with.”
After Bullough’s five-year career in the NFL ended, he returned to Michigan State as a graduate assistant in 1997 and 1998. From there he went to the Chicago Bears where he held several different defensive positions from 1999-2003. He then spent one season at Lake Forest (Ill.) College before coaching linebackers at Western Michigan in 2005. From there he headed to UCLA, where he coached linebackers from 2006-08 and was the defensive coordinator in 2009 and 2010.
It was back to the NFL from there, serving as linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2011 and 2012 before returning to college as the defensive coordinator at Syracuse from 2013-15.
“Coaching is about the players — you have to get into their heart and soul,” Bullough said. “I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to work with some incredible coaches who have taught me techniques. I was taught by some of the best. Now it becomes about getting the players to have passion for the game, and bonding with them. In the end, it’s going to be about effort, technique, and the team. I’m excited to get my own group and create our own identity.”
The hiring of Bullough completes Dantonio’s 10-person staff. Last month, Michigan State hired Paul Haynes to coach defensive backs and Don Treadwell to assist with defensive backs, special teams and be an offensive consultant while leading the freshman class.
Bullough finished his playing career ranked third in MSU history with 391 career tackles, which still stands at No. 6 all-time, while his 175 tackles as a senior in 1991 are the most by any Spartan in a single season and his 164 tackles as a junior in 1990 are tied for third most. Bullough’s 339 combined tackles in 1990 and 1991 are the most in a two-year span in school history.
He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1991 and second-team accolades in 1990. Bullough was selected in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by Philadelphia. He spent one season with the Eagles (1992), three seasons with the Dolphins (1993-95) and one with the Colts (1996).