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Bears hire Herring, Pasqualoni

The Bears made it official on Thursday, hiring Reggie Herring as their new linebackers coach and Paul Pasqualoni as the defensive line coach.

Herring and Pasqualoni replace Tim Tibesar and Mike Phair, respectively. They were fired on Jan. 12. 

Herring has coached for 33 years, including eight as a linebackers coach. He coached the linebackers for the Texans from 2011-13 and the Cowboys from 2008-10. He was also the Texans’ linebackers coach from 2002-03.

From 2005-07, Herring was the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Arkansas. He has 25 years experience coaching in the college ranks.

Pasqualoni has coached for 42 years, with this being his seventh as an NFL assistant. He was the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in 2010, overlapping with Herring. From 2008-09, Pasqualoni was the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator. He coached the Dallas linebackers from 2006-07 and their tight ends in 2005.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Pasqualoni was the head coach at the University of Connecticut from 2011-13. He also was the head coach at Syracuse from 1991-2004 and Western Connecticut from 1982-86. 

-Kevin Fishbain