Steelers hire former Penn State defensive coordinator to coach DBs

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Tom Bradley of the Penn State Nittany Lions coaches against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Thursday the hiring of former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley to coach the defensive backs.

Bradley replaces Carnell Lake, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Most recently, Bradley spent the past three seasons with UCLA as the program’s defensive coordinator.

But his story begins at Penn State. After finishing a four-year playing career as a defensive back for the Nittany Lions, Bradley joined the program, in 1979, as a graduate assistant. The Johnstown native earned a full-time spot in 1980 and worked his way up the coaching tree — serving as Penn State’s defensive coordinator from 2000 to 2011. During the 2011 season, he was named the interim head coach.

Under Bradley’s leadership, the defense, from 2004 to 2011, held 53 of its 88 opponents to 17 points or fewer, according to Pittsburgh’s release. The defense also garnered six consecutive top-15 finishes in total and scoring defense.