Bret Ingalls, a 35-year coaching veteran who has extensive collegiate and professional experience, enters his second year with the Vanderbilt football team. He will assist offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski as a senior analyst.
Ingalls joined the Commodores after serving the 2016-17 seasons at the University of Florida as an offensive analyst under head coach Jim McElwain.
For a seven-year period before joining Florida, Ingalls was a valuable member of the New Orleans Saints’ NFL coaching staff. He was hired by the Saints in 2009 as running backs coach, helping direct the standout trio of Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell. That season, the Saints went 13-3 in the regular season and eventually claimed their only championship title in Super Bowl XLIV.
The 2009 Saints offense was the NFL’s most productive unit. Its rushing attack ranked sixth in the NFL.
In 2013, Ingalls was named New Orleans’ offensive line coach, continuing in that role through 2015. His final Saints’ offensive front was regarded among the best in the NFL.
Prior to joining the Saints, Ingalls served as offensive line coach at Northwestern University from 2006-08. Ingalls’ offensive line at Northwestern showed improvement through his tenure in Evansville. By 2008, the Wildcats went 9-4 overall, advancing to the Alamo Bowl.
The Wildcat offense during Ingalls’ tenure featured an offensive line blocking for running back Tyrell Sutton, who finished his Northwestern career with 3.886 rushing yards and 5,138 all-purpose yards.
Ingalls served as offensive line and tight ends coach at Indiana State in 2004 and Miami (Ohio) in 2005.
From 1995-2003, Ingalls served as offensive coordinator at three universities: Louisville, Northern Iowa and Idaho.
He started his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Idaho, then became an offensive coach at San Diego State (1989-93) and Eastern Michigan (1994) before joining Louisville in 1995 as offensive coordinator.
Ingalls has worked with several stellar head coaches, including Sean Payton at New Orleans, Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern, and Tom Cable, Keith Gilbertson and Dennis Erickson at Idaho.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Ingalls attended the University of Colorado, then transferred to Wichita State University where he played running back.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Idaho in 1984.
Ingalls and his wife, Diana, are the parents of three children: Samuel, Jack and Breana.