Cleveland, OH - The Cleveland Browns have named Wes Chandler as wide receivers coach and Cory Undlin has been promoted to secondary coach/assistant special teams coach, the club announced today.
Chandler brings 13 years of coaching experience in both the professional and collegiate ranks, following his 11-year NFL career with New Orleans and San Diego. Chandler was the wide receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 and served three seasons (2000-02) with the Dallas Cowboys in the same capacity.
Undlin is entering his third season with the Browns after serving the previous two seasons as defensive quality control coach. Undlin will continue to work with defensive backs coach Mel Tucker and will also assist newly hired special teams coordinator, Ted Daisher.
Complete bios on Wes Chandler and Cory Undlin are listed below:
Wide Receivers Coach
Year with Browns: 1st
Year in NFL: 5th
Wes Chandler was named Browns wide receivers coach on Feb. 1, 2007. Chandler is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach in the NFL after serving as wide receivers coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2005 and three seasons as wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys (2000-02). Chandler played 11 seasons in the NFL (1978-88) with New Orleans and San Diego and also brings 13 years of coaching experience at the professional and collegiate levels.
During his three-years as wide receivers coach in Dallas, Chandler helped Antonio Bryant earn All-Rookie honors in 2002 and led all rookie receivers with 733 receiving yards and also helped veteran wideout Joey Galloway lead the team with 61 receptions for 908 yards and six TDs. In 2001, he helped Galloway (53) and Raghib Ishmail (52) become the first pair of Cowboys wide receivers to each have 50 plus receptions in a single season since 1985.
Chandler came to Dallas after seven years coaching in NFL Europe, including a stint as the head coach of the Berlin Thunder in 1999. He was the offensive coordinator for the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1998 and prior to that spent three years with the Rhein Fire (1995-97). Chandler made his professional coaching debut with the Orlando Thunder (1991-92) of the World League. He helped lead his teams to World Bowl appearances three times, with Orlando (1992), Rhein (1997) and Frankfurt (1998). From 1994-95, Chandler served as the wide receivers coach at the University of Central Florida.
Chandler finished his NFL career with 559 receptions for 8,966 yards and 56 TDs. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times, including three while playing for the San Diego Chargers (1981-87). In 2001, Chandler was inducted into the Chargers' Hall of Fame. He still owns the Chargers' single-game receiving record with 260 yards on 10 receptions vs. Cincinnati on Dec. 20, 1982, and broke the 200-yard receiving plateau three times and posted 29 career 100-yard receiving games. Chandler began his career with the New Orleans Saints (1978-81), who drafted him with the third overall selection in the 1978 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida. He earned his first Pro Bowl bid in 1979 with the Saints.
After retiring from the NFL, Chandler spent three years (1989-91) was the head football coach/athletic director at Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. In 1993, he worked at the Wes Chandler Youth Foundation, which he founded in 1982 in Dayton Beach. His foundation, which is now part of the Boys and Girls Club, has helped Florida youth, including Vince Carter of the NBA's New Jersey Nets.
Chandler was a three-year starter at the University of Florida, where he was a consensus All-America on the field, a two-time Academic All-America and was voted Florida Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1977. He finished his career at Florida with 1,994 receiving yards and 22 TDs. Chandler earned his bachelor's degree in speech pathology at Florida.
Chandler was born Aug. 22, 1956 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track at New Smyrna Beach High School. He has a son, Lamar Saxton.
1991-92 Orlando Thunder, assistant coach
1994-95 Central Florida, wide receivers coach
1995-97 Rhein Fire, assistant coach
1998 Frankfurt Galaxy, offensive coordinator
1999 Berlin Thunder, head coach
2000-02 Dallas Cowboys, wide receivers coach
2005 Minnesota Vikings, wide receivers coach
2007 Cleveland Browns, wide receivers coach
1981-87 San Diego Chargers
Secondary Coach/Assistant Special Teams Coach
Year with Browns: 3rd
Year in NFL: 4th
Cory Undlin is entering his third season with the Browns and was promoted to secondary coach/assistant special teams coach for the 2007 season. Undlin served the previous two seasons (2005-06) as defensive quality control coach. Undlin came to Cleveland from the New England Patriots, where he spent the 2004 season as the defensive assistant helping with the defensive backs. Undlin was part of a Patriots team that won back-to-back Super Bowl championships and also won an NFL record 21 straight games.
Before joining New England, Undlin spent two seasons assisting with the defensive backs as a graduate assistant at Fresno State University (2002-03). During those two seasons, Fresno State won back-to-back Silicon Valley Bowls by defeating Georgia Tech and UCLA, respectively.
Prior to Fresno State, Undlin spent four years at Cal Lutheran University as a linebackers/defensive coordinator (1998-2002). Undlin played defensive back at Cal Lutheran from 1990-1994, and received a Masters degree from CLU in 2003.
Undlin was born June 29, 1971 in St. Cloud, Minn. Undlin and his wife Amy, have one son, Caden (4).
1998-2000 California Lutheran University, linebackers coach
2000-02 California Lutheran University, defensive coordinator
2002-03 Fresno State University, graduate assistant, defensive backs
2004 New England Patriots, coaching staff assistant, defensive backs
2005-06 Cleveland Browns, defensive quality control coach
2007 Cleveland Browns, secondary coach/assistant special teams coach