LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have hired Andy Bischoff as their tight ends coach and Michael Sinclair as their assistant defensive line coach today. Both previously coached for the Montreal Alouettes under Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman.
Bischoff spent the last five seasons (2008-12) as the Alouettes running backs coach. During that time he was also the assistant to current Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman and during the final three seasons (2010-12) in Montreal was the Alouettes special teams coordinator.
Bischoff joined the Alouettes following 14 years on the coaching staff of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. He started as the school’s offensive line coach (1993-97) before adding the duties of run game coordinator in 1999. He was co-offensive coordinator from 2000-03 before being named assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for his final four seasons (2004-07). During that time, the school compiled a 168-22 record, winning the state title in 1999 and playing in four championship games after reaching the state playoff tournament 13 times. During his years at CDH, he helped develop 18 offensive linemen who eventually made the step up to the NCAA division I-A level, including Ryan Harris of the Houston Texans. He was also the Dean of Students for 10 of his 14 years at the school.
During the offseason, Bischoff worked the U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl as the Director of Football Operations for the West Team, a role he occupied for the last five years after coaching the game in 2008.
Bischoff graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of South Dakota in 1994. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Mankato State University in 1998 and a post master’s license in administration from St. Mary’s University (MN) in 2006.
He has two daughters: Makena Kaylynn and Morgan Elizabeth and is engaged to Brittany Leigh Fleming.
Sinclair spent five seasons (2008-12) as the defensive line coach with the Alouettes. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders after the 2012 season as the assistant head coach and defensive line coach.
He also spent two seasons (2007 and 2008) coaching in NFL Europe, winning two World Bowl titles while with the Hamburg Sea Devils.
He began his coaching career at West Texas A&M in 2005 and 2006 where he served as the team’s defensive line coach and helped lead the team to two Lone Star Conference championships.
As a player, Sinclair was a three-time Pro Bowl (1996-98) defensive lineman with the Seattle Seahawks. In 11 seasons with the Seahawks (1992-2001) and Philadelphia Eagles (2002), Sinclair recorded 352 tackles, 73.5 sacks, 24 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries in 148 games with 114 starts. His 73.5 sacks are second most in Seahawks franchise history. In 1998 he was a second-team All Pro after leading the NFL with a Seattle franchise-single season record 16.5 sacks. He also received the Steve Largent Award that season, presented each year to the player who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks.
Collegiately, Sinclair played at Eastern New Mexico University from 1986 to 1990. He was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year in his senior season, recording 16 sacks. He was also named to the LSC’s All-Decade Team.
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