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Arizona hires UCLA assistant Johnny Nansen as defensive coordinator


PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 28: Defensive line coach Johnny Nansen during a college football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors against the UCLA Bruins on August 28, 2021, at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona has hired UCLA defensive line coach Johnny Nansen as its defensive coordinator.

Nansen replaces Don Brown, who left to become the head coach at Massachusetts.

Nansen spent the past two seasons coaching the Bruins’ defensive line and has coached in the Pac-12 since 2009. He previously spent six seasons as an assistant at Southern California, serving as assistant head coach while working with the linebackers and recruiting efforts from 2016-18.

Nansen served in a variety of roles at Washington from 2009-13, including a stint as assistant head coach. He also worked at Idaho from 2004-08 after playing three seasons at Washington State.