TERRE HAUTE —
Brian Cabral, who has spent the past 24 years coaching in the Big Eight, Big 12 and the Pac-10 and who played for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, has been hired as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Indiana State.
“Brian Cabral brings tremendous experience and expertise to our staff,” first-year head coach Mike Sanford said. “He will be a great addition from a defensive scheme standpoint, but most of all for his ability to develop players and bring out the best in them. Brian cares deeply about student-athletes, a trait that both he and I share.”
Cabral has spent the past 24 years at the University of Colorado, where he had been interim head coach, associate head coach and assistant head coach during his tenure.
“I am so excited to work again with coach Mike Sanford, who I worked with in my first job at Purdue,” Cabral commented. “We have a great opportunity here at Indiana State to build on what this program has accomplished so far. What the Sycamores were able to do defensively last season was impressive. Our job now is to help this program make the next step up.”
Cabral was on Purdue’s staff during the 1987 and 1988 seasons before returning to coach at his alma mater. He is a 1978 Colorado graduate, playing three seasons at linebacker under coach Bill Mallory, and was a captain on a Big Eight championship team in 1976.
He was a fourth-round draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons in 1978 and played two seasons there, one with Green Bay and six with Chicago, where he was the Bears’ special-teams captain on the Super Bowl champions and was named Frito-Lay Unsung Hero of the win over New England.
• Mayhew honored — Terre Haute North graduate Zach Mayhew of Indiana University has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Mayhew had the conference’s best 3,000-meter time of the indoor season while competing at the Gladstein Invitational during the weekend. His time of 8:02.73 is second-fastest in the nation so far.