LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears and General Manager Phil Emery have announced the organizational structure of the Player Personnel Department.
“Our personnel department is a team of evaluators with a wide and diverse background,” Emery said. “Our scouts, coaches and support personnel will work together to shape a roster in an effort to win championships. This diversity of backgrounds greatly enhances our collective efforts in the evaluation of perspective players’ football abilities, as well as the players’ fit for our scheme, locker room, team and community.”
Chris Ballard will be the Bears director of pro scouting and Marty Barrett has been named the director of college scouting. Ballard and Barrett have 19 and 28 years of scouting, administrative and coaching experience, respectively. Ballard has spent the previous 11 seasons as Chicago’s Southwest Area Scout. Prior to his time with Chicago, Ballard spent seven seasons (1994-2000) as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville under 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Head Coach Ron Harms, including his final season as defensive coordinator. During his time with the Javelinas, Ballard helped mentor future NFL players Al Harris, Richard Jones, Karl Williams and Floyd Young, while also being a part of a coaching staff that developed first rounder Jermaine Mayberry and current Bears offensive lineman Roberto Garza.
Barrett has 17 years of scouting experience with the New Orleans Saints (1995-97) and Bears (1997-2012), focusing on the West region for both teams. Prior to scouting, Barrett was an assistant to the Athletics Director/ Football Operations at Rutgers University from 1991-95 after serving as a graduate assistant/defensive backs for the Scarlet Knights for one season. From 1986-89, Barrett coached at his alma mater, the University of Buffalo, and handled the duties of recruiting coordinator during his entire tenure with the Bulls. Barrett started his coaching career in 1984 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was a graduate assistant at Ashland University in 1985.
“The focus during the selection process for the directors’ position was not whether the scout came from a pro or college background, rather it was their level of skill as communicators and evaluators,” Emery said. “We were also looking for people with a successful background in coaching, organizational and administrative experience.
“Chris and Marty’s abilities in these important areas really stand out. Their high level of skill in these areas is why we placed them in these leadership roles.”
Dwayne Joseph and Kevin Turks will both work as assistant directors of pro scouting. Joseph has 14 years of experience in scouting and football operations, spending the last eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins serving as a pro scout, adding the title of assistant director of pro personnel for one season in 2007. Turks is in his 11th season with the Chicago Bears and his fifth as assistant director of pro personnel. He has worked as a pro scout for the Bears since 2002 after serving as an intern in Chicago’s scouting department in 2001.
Jeff Shiver will serve as the Bears executive scout/assistant director of college scouting with a focus on the Big Ten Conference. He has 28 years of NFL scouting experience and is in his 26th year with the team. Shiver previously worked as an area scout for the Bears focusing on the Midwest region.
Rex Hogan and Mark Sadowski will both work as national scouts, working the West and East regions, respectively. Hogan joined the Bears as a college scout in 2003 after working five years in college football at the University of Utah and the University of Notre Dame in the areas of recruiting and football operations. Sadowski has 15 years of scouting experience with the New Orleans Saints (1998-2005) and Bears (2005-12). He has served as Chicago’s Southeast area scout after working in New Orleans as a pro scout (1998-99), NFS combine scout (2000) and Southeast area scout (2001-05).
Ted Monago, who is in his 12th season in the Bears scouting department, will serve as an executive scout with a focus on the Southeastern Conference. Monago has worked as an area scout for the Bears since 2003 after working as the team’s BLESTO scout for two seasons.
Robyn Wilkey will serve as the executive assistant/scouting coordinator in her 15th season with the Bears.
Kent Kahl, James Kirkland, Francis Saint-Paul and Sam Summerville will serve as area scouts. Kahl will be Chicago’s Central States area scout after serving as a regional scout with the San Francisco 49ers since 2007. Kirkland, in his third year with the team, will be the Bears Atlantic area scout. Prior to his time in Chicago, Kirkland spent six seasons with the Cleveland Browns, including three as assistant director, pro personnel. He also worked one season as a volunteer scouting intern with the Atlanta Falcons in 2003. Saint-Paul will serve as Chicago’s West area scout after working on Northern Arizona’s coaching staff for five years, including the last four as a wide receivers coach. Summerville will be the Bears East area scout after serving as a player personnel assistant with the Browns (2009-12) and pro personnel assistant with the Eagles (2007-09).
Chicago has also hired Breck Ackley, Bobby Macedo, Zach Truty and David Williams as scouting assistants. Ackley joins the Bears personnel department after working two seasons as a graduate assistant football coach at Southern University. Macedo comes to Chicago after spending the 2011 season as a running backs coach for Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Truty served as director of player personnel for the Arizona Rattlers in 2011 after working as a recruiting coordinator for Eastern Michigan University for two years. Williams joins Chicago after working as player personnel assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs this past year. He has also served as a football operations intern and equipment intern for the Cleveland Browns.
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