Coaches

Bruce DeHaven
Special Teams
College:
Southwestern College
Hometown:
Trousdale, KS
Experience:
23

Bruce DeHaven joined Seattle on January 22, 2007 after four years with the Dallas Cowboys.

 

In his first season in Seattle, DeHaven’s return schemes aided Nate Burleson to return one punt return and one kickoff return for touchdowns. With his 94-yard punt return at Cleveland, Burleson is the only player in NFL history to return three punts 90+ yards for a touchdown in his career. He also helped Josh Brown to a career-year. Brown set career-highs in field goal attempts (34), field goals made (28), points scored (127) and touchbacks (13).

 

In 2006, DeHaven saw punter Mat McBriar lead the NFL with a 48.2 punting average and more importantly rank second in the NFC (4th NFL) with a 38.6 net punting average. His punt return team allowed Terence Newman to be one of five NFC returners to average over 10 yards per punt return and a 56-yard touchdown.

Bruce DeHaven joined Seattle on January 22, 2007 after four years with the Dallas Cowboys.

 

In his first season in Seattle, DeHaven’s return schemes aided Nate Burleson to return one punt return and one kickoff return for touchdowns. With his 94-yard punt return at Cleveland, Burleson is the only player in NFL history to return three punts 90+ yards for a touchdown in his career. He also helped Josh Brown to a career-year. Brown set career-highs in field goal attempts (34), field goals made (28), points scored (127) and touchbacks (13).

 

In 2006, DeHaven saw punter Mat McBriar lead the NFL with a 48.2 punting average and more importantly rank second in the NFC (4th NFL) with a 38.6 net punting average. His punt return team allowed Terence Newman to be one of five NFC returners to average over 10 yards per punt return and a 56-yard touchdown.

 

In 2004, the Cowboys kickoff coverage unit finished first in the NFL by limiting opponents to an average of 17.5 yards per return.

 

There were a number of outstanding individual performances in 2003, DeHaven’s first season in Dallas, with lineman Flozell Adams setting a team-record by blocking three extra point attempts, kicker Billy Cundiff tying the NFL record for field goals in a game with seven and Randal Williams returning an onside kick attempt 38 yards for a touchdown to open the Philadelphia game.

 

Under DeHaven’s guidance, the special teams in Buffalo (1987-99) and San Francisco (2000-02) thrived and were considered some of the most consistent units in the NFL. During DeHaven’s three years with San Francisco, the 49ers special teams shined. In 2002, return man Jimmy Williams led the NFL with a 16.8-yard punt return average. This performance came on the heels of a 2001 season that saw Vinny Sutherland break the team record for most kick return yards by a rookie with 1,140.

 

Prior to joining the 49ers, DeHaven spent 13 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. During his tenure in Buffalo, the club made four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, won six AFC East championships and appeared in 20 playoff games. In those 13 years, DeHaven helped develop two of the greatest special teams players in NFL history: Mark Pike and Steve Tasker. Under DeHaven's tutelage, Tasker was invited to seven Pro Bowls as the AFC's Special Teams Player and was voted the 1993 Pro Bowl MVP. In 1998, kicker Steve Christie set the Bills single-season club records for points (140) and field goals (33) and became the franchise's all-time leading scorer.

 

In 1996, The Dallas Morning News, in a ranking of the 19 most important statistical categories, named the Bills special teams unit the best in the NFL. His 1991 punt coverage unit led the NFL in fewest punt return yards allowed with 53, the lowest total since the NFL changed the rules allowing only the ends to release on punt coverage before the ball is snapped. DeHaven also guided the Bills kickoff coverage unit to the top NFL ranking four consecutive years (1987-90).

 

Prior to joining the Bills staff in 1987, DeHaven spent three seasons in different coaching capacities in the USFL. He was the running backs and special teams coach with the Orlando Renegades (1985), special teams coach and offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Maulers (1984) and special teams and assistant offensive line coach with the New Jersey Generals (1983).

 

DeHaven began his collegiate coaching career at Kansas (1979-81), working with the defensive backs and offensive line, as well as heading up recruiting. He served as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at New Mexico State in 1982 before breaking into the pro ranks.

 

Before joining the college ranks, DeHaven spent nine years as a high school coach. As an assistant at Southeast (Wichita, Kan.) High School during part of that time, he helped lead the school to three consecutive Kansas state football championships.

 

DeHaven was born in Trousdale, Kan. on September 6, 1948. He played eight-man football at Belpre-Trousdale High School. A graduate of Southwestern College in Kansas with a degree in history and political science, DeHaven was a basketball standout, leading the team in scoring two consecutive years. He also participated in track and field and is a member of the Athletic Department’s Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Kathy, have a son Tobin Scott and daughter AnnieMaude.

 

Career History:


1970       Oxford (Kan.) Jr. High School: Head Coach


1971-73  Oxford (Kan.) High School: Head Coach


1974-78  Southeast (Wichita, Kan.) High: Assistant Coach


1979-81  Kansas: Defensive Backs/Offensive Line/Recruiting


1982       New Mexico State: Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator


1983       New Jersey Generals (USFL): Assistant Offensive Line/Special Teams


1984       Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL): Offensive Line/Special Teams


1985       Orlando Renegades (USFL): Running Backs/Special Teams


1987-99  Buffalo Bills: Special Teams


2000-02  San Francisco 49ers: Special Teams


2003-06  Dallas Cowboys: Special Teams


2007-      Seattle Seahawks: Special Teams

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