Sean Kugler, who has been praised for his work as the Steelers offensive line coach the past three seasons, will be named head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso.
A Steelers source confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previously published reports that Kugler, 46, has taken the job with the Miners, where he played from 1984 to '88. However, he will continue to coach the Steelers line through the end of the season and, if they make it, the post-season.
Kugler was in Altoona this afternoon to watch the PIAA high school playoff game between North Allegheny and Wilson. His son, Patrick, is a senior guard for NA and has committed to play at Michigan.
Pete Rousssel of coachingsearch.com, citing sources, reported that Kugler has accepted the job. Asher Wildman of KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reported "from a very good source" that Kugler will be the next head coach at UTEP.
Kugler will finish out the season with the Steelers before he leaves for El Paso.
Kugler joined the Steelers in 2010 and has been lauded for the job he has done through injuries and turnover in the offensive line. He had coached the offensive line in Buffalo, from 2007-2009, and was an assistant with the Detroit Lions from 2001-2005.
Kugler has never been a head coach but was assistant head coach at Boise State in 2006. He also coached at his alma matter from 1993-2000.
First Published December 8, 2012 8:30 PM