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Former Alabama LB coach Robert Bala lands defensive coordinator job

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After not being retained on Kalen DeBoer’s staff, former Alabama linebackers coach Robert Bala has landed a defensive coordinator job at Western Michigan according to a report from ESPN.

Bala was hired by former Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban last February and brought a total of 15 years of coaching experience with stops with the Oakland Raiders, Southern Utah, Ottawa University of Arizona, Palomar College and Snow Junior College. He also has previous experience as a defensive coordinator while at Southern Utah and Palomar.

“Robert is a smart young coach who has paid his dues across all levels of college football and we are excited to add him to our staff,” Saban said back when Bala was hired. “He has a wealth of experience and a proven track record of developing football players both on and off the field. He is an excellent teacher, an excellent recruiter and coaches with great passion and enthusiasm.”

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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