=== Sean Kugler named UTEP football coach ===
 
 El  Paso,  TX (Sports Network)  - Sean Kugler is  returning home to become the
 head football coach at UTEP.
 
 Kugler, currently the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, played
 for  the Miners  from 1985-88 and was an assistant coach from 1993-2000. He'll
 replace Mike Price, who announced his retirement in November.
 
 "I  am extremely excited  to have the opportunity to be the next head coach at
 UTEP," said Kugler in a statement through the school on Monday. "I'm hoping to
 build on the tremendous job that was done by coach Price and his staff. I have
 been  the Miners' biggest supporter from afar, and the job coach Price and his
 staff  did was outstanding.  I can't wait to work with the players in the near
 future.  I spent 13 years as a player and coach at UTEP and loved every minute
 of  it.  I'm excited about starting  a new chapter  in my coaching career at a
 place that has so many fond memories."
 
 Kugler  is  in his  third season  with the Steelers  and has  also been an NFL
 assistant with Buffalo (2007-09) and Detroit (2001-05).
 
 In  addition to  his  tenure with  UTEP,  the 46-year-old  Kugler  was also  a
 collegiate assistant at Boise State in 2006.
 
 "We're  so pleased to  get Sean back at UTEP," said UTEP athletic director Bob
 Stull.  "I've known  him since he was  a player here, including as a member of
 our  10-win  team in  1988. He  has gone on  to become  a terrific coach, from
 working  with our WAC  championship squad in 2000 to being a part of the Boise
 State team that was undefeated in 2006 and coaching in the Super Bowl with the
 Pittsburgh  Steelers.  He brings a lot  of enthusiasm and experience and, most
 importantly, has a great love for UTEP and the city of El Paso."
 
 Kugler will take over a UTEP squad that finished 3-9 in 2012.
 
 
 
 12/10 14:35:31 ET