Phil Emery revamps Bears' scouting department

Phil Emery revamps Bears' scouting department
Phil Emery talks with Bears' new director of pro scouting Chris Ballard.

The Chicago Bears announced a completely revamped and upgraded player personnel department on Tuesday, adding eight new scouts and promoting six internally.

“Our personnel department is a team of evaluators with a wide and diverse background,” Emery said. “Our scouts, coaches and support personnel will work together to shape a roster in an effort to win championships.”

Among the promotions were Chris Ballard, who will now serve as director of pro scouting, and Marty Barrett who will serve as director of college scouting.

“The focus during the selection process for the directors’ position was not whether the scout came from a pro or college background, rather it was their level of skill as communicators and evaluators,” Emery said.

Chris Ballard has 19 years of scouting, administrative and coaching experience and has spent the previous 11 seasons as Chicago’s Southwest Area Scout. Marty Barrett has 28 years’ experience, his last 15 with the Bears.

“We were also looking for people with a successful background in coaching, organizational and administrative experience,” Emery said. “Chris and Marty’s abilities in these important areas really stand out. Their high level of skill in these areas is why we placed them in these leadership roles.”

Ballard, prior to his time with Chicago, spent seven seasons (1994-2000) as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville under 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Head Coach Ron Harms, including his final season as defensive coordinator.

Barrett spent 17 years with the New Orleans Saints (1995-97) and was an assistant to the Athletics Director/ Football Operations at Rutgers University from 1991-95, prior to joining the Bears. Before that he worked as a college coach at the University of Buffalo and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“The diversity of backgrounds greatly enhances our collective efforts in the evaluation of prospective players’ football abilities—” Emery said of the pair. “—as well as the players’ fit for our scheme, locker room, team and community.”

In addition . . .

Dwayne Joseph and Kevin Turks will both work as assistant directors of pro scouting.

Joseph has 14 years of experience in scouting and football operations, spending the last eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins serving as a pro scout, adding the title of assistant director of pro personnel for one season in 2007.

Turks is in his 11th season with the Chicago Bears and his fifth as assistant director of pro personnel. He has worked as a pro scout for the Bears since 2002 after serving as an intern in Chicago’s scouting department in 2001.

Jeff Shiver will serve as the Bears executive scout/assistant director of college scouting with a focus on the Big Ten Conference. He has 28 years of NFL scouting experience and is in his 26th year with the team. Shiver previously worked as an area scout for the Bears focusing on the Midwest region.

Rex Hogan and Mark Sadowski will both work as national scouts, working the West and East regions, respectively. And Ted Monago, who is in his 12th season in the Bears scouting department, will serve as an executive scout with a focus on the Southeastern Conference.

Robyn Wilkey, in her 15th season with the Bears, will serve as the executive assistant/scouting coordinator. Kent Kahl, James Kirkland, Francis Saint-Paul and Sam Summerville will serve as area scouts, and finally, the Bears hired Breck Ackley, Bobby Macedo, Zach Truty and David Williams as scouting assistants.

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