Bret Ingalls

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Bret Ingalls
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Biographical details
Born (1960-08-19) August 19, 1960 (age 58)
San Jose, California
Alma materUniversity of Idaho
Playing career
1979-1981Wichita State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1988Idaho (GA/RB/OL)
1989–1993San Diego State (RB/OL/OC)
1994Eastern Michigan (OL)
1995-1996Louisville (OC)
1997-1999Northern Iowa (OC)
2000–2003Idaho (OC)
2004Indiana State (TE/OL)
2005Miami (OH) (TE/OL)
2006-2008Northwestern (OL)
2009-2016New Orleans Saints (RB/OL)
2016-2017Florida (OA)
2018-PresentVanderbilt (OA)

Bret Ingalls is an American football coach. He previously served as an offensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints from 2009 to 2016. He also served as offensive coordinator for San Diego State, Louisville, Northern Iowa and Idaho between 1992 and 2003.

Early life[edit]

Bret Alexander Ingalls was born in 1960 to James L. Ingalls and Elizabeth Sites. His father was an all-state football player and went on to play semi-professional football for the Seattle Ramblers. He is a graduate of Snohomish High School, in Snohomish, Washington, where he played trumpet in the jazz band and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.[1] In the 1976-77 season, under the leadership of head coach Dick Armstrong, Ingalls helped the Snohomish High Panthers win the school's first state championship. In his senior season, he received All-American honors as a halfback for the Panthers. Ingalls earned an athletic scholarship to Colorado, but transferred after his first year to Wichita State.[2] His career was ultimately cut short by a neck injury.

Coaching career[edit]


Ingalls started his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Idaho in 1982 for first time head coach Dennis Erickson. He then moved on to coach defensive backs, running backs, and offensive line through 1988, and the Vandals won four Big Sky conference championships. In 1989, Ingalls was hired as running backs coach by the San Diego State Aztecs, and offensive coordinator in 1993. Ingalls coached three-time All-American running back and Marshall Faulk, a future hall of famer.[3] Ingalls continued to coach as offensive coordinator at Louisville in 1995 and 1996, Northern Iowa from 1997 to 1999.

In 2000, he returned to his alma mater as the offensive coordinator alongside head coach Tom Cable for four seasons.[4] Ingalls then served short stints at Indiana State and Miami(OH), before joining Northwestern in 2006. In 2008, Ingalls helped the Wildcats to 142 yards per game despite starting five first-year starters.[5]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Ingalls was hired by the New Orleans Saints in 2009 as the running backs coach, before being named the offensive line coach in 2013. As the running backs coach in 2009, Ingalls coached the trio known as the 'three-headed monster' made up of Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and Mike Bell. Additional backs that have played under Ingalls include Chris Ivory, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles. In Ingalls first season the Saints attained a 13-3 regular season record and successfully went on to win the franchise's first NFL championship in Super Bowl XLIV.[6] In 2009 the Saints were the No. 1 overall offense, finishing No. 6 in rushing (131.6 ypg) and No. 4 in passing (272.2 ypg).[7] As the offensive line coach, Ingalls coached 6-time Pro-Bowler Jahri Evans, in addition to developing new pro linemen Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat. In the 2015 season, the Saints offensive line was ranked No. 3 by Pro Football Focus[8].

Return to college[edit]

Ingalls was hired by second year Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain as an offensive assistant in 2016.[9]

Coaching tree[edit]

Notable head coaches under whom Ingalls has served:

Personal life[edit]

Ingalls is married to his wife Diana, and the couple have three children. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Idaho and holds a degree in Business Management. Ingalls started graduate studies at Idaho before taking a permanent position on the football staff.


  1. ^ "Saints coach has roots in Snohomish County". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Bob Lutz: A Super link to Shocker football". The Wichita Eagle. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  3. ^ "SDSU Gives Promotion to Ingalls : Football: He will be named succeed Lay as Aztecs' offensive coordinator". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 18 February 1992. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Seahawks' Cable, Saints' Ingalls Snohomish grads". The Herald Net. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  5. ^ "BRET INGALLS NAMED NEW ORLEANS SAINTS' RUNNING BACKS COACH". 13 January 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  6. ^ Super Bowl XLIV
  7. ^ "Saints' Thomas calls running back corps 'three-headed monster'". WWLTV. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Ranking All 32 Offensives Lines This Season". January 2016.
  9. ^ Carter, Scott (25 February 2016). "McElwain Announces Addition of Veteran Hires Ingalls to Staff".