Edsall adds East Lyme grad Kyle Weiss to UConn coaching staff

Storrs — Randy Edsall has tapped into the Eastern Connecticut Conference to add another coach to his 2018 UConn football staff.

Kyle Weiss, a 2008 East Lyme High School graduate, was named defensive quality control coach by Edsall on Tuesday. He joins Waterford graduate Billy Crocker, the Huskies' defensive coordinator since 2017, and Stonington's Ben Chapman, an ex-UConn walk-on who was recently named an offensive graduate assistant focusing on offensive line play.

Weiss spent the previous three seasons at UCLA under former head coach Jim Mora, serving as a graduate defensive assistant until late in the 2017 season when he was elevated to linebackers coach for the Bruins' appearance in the Cactus Bowl.

After graduating from East Lyme, Weiss attended Wesleyan University, where he played football and baseball for the Cardinals while earning his bachelor's degree in earth and environmental science. He was a wide receiver and punter, leading Wesleyan in receptions in 2010 and earning second team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors as a punter.

Weiss moved to the West Coast after graduating from Wesleyan in 2012, serving as an assistant football and baseball coach at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. In football, he was the kicking and wide receiver coach coach in 2012-13, then became the quarterbacks coach, director of football operations and video coordinator in 2014 before joining the UCLA coaching staff.

Weiss does have ties to UConn. His grandfather, Bob, was a UConn assistant from 1969-72. Bob Weiss was also a head coach at New London and Fitch high schools, leading Fitch to the 1976 Class LL state championship when the CIAC offered its playoff format for the first time.

Kyle, who already has a master's degree in education from Arizona State in 2015, is currently finishing a second master's degree in education and information studies at UCLA.

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