LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have hired Tim Tibesar as their linebackers coach today.
Tibesar (TIB-eh-sar) spent 2012 as Purdue's defensive coordinator/linebackers coach after working the previous three seasons under head coach Marc Trestman in Montreal as the Alouettes linebackers coach (2009-10) and defensive coordinator (2011).
Prior to his time with the Alouettes, Tibesar worked three years at Kansas State running the special teams in 2006 before being named defensive coordinator for the final two seasons (2007-08). In 2007 the Wildcats led the Big 12 in sacks per game (30 sacks in 12 contests). In 2006, K-State led the nation in special teams scores (seven), topping the country with three kickoff return touchdowns and finishing second with three punt return touchdowns, while adding a fumble return touchdown.
Tibesar started his coaching career at Cornell as the team's tight ends coach in 2000 before spending five seasons working at his alma mater, North Dakota. He first worked as the Fighting Sioux's inside linebackers coach in 2001, a position he held for three seasons. In 2004, he was promoted to defensive coordinator. During his two seasons as defensive coordinator, North Dakota ranked first in the North Central Conference in scoring defense, total defense, pass efficiency defense and sacks.
Tibesar was a four-year letterwinner (1993-96) at North Dakota, serving as team captain in his final two years. As a senior he earned first-team All-America honors and was named the NCC's Male Athlete of the Year.
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