Phil Emery expands Bears' scouting staff in big way

When he was hired as general manager of the Chicago Bears, Phil Emery declared one of his goals was to expand the club’s scouting department.

He accomplished that mission as the team confirmed long-rumored promotions and announced a slew of signings today, bolstering the GM’s staff to the largest size in team history.

As expected, West Coast scout Marty Barrett was named the club’s Director of College Scouting. Also, Southwest scout Chris Ballard was named the Director of Pro Personnel, meaning he will make the transition from the college side. Ballard has worked as a college scout for the Bears since 2000.

Ballard was promoted over Kevin Turks, who remains in his capacity as Assistant Director of Pro 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 in a statement released by the club. “We were also looking for people with a successful background in coaching, organizational and administrative experience.

“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.”

Additionally, pro scout James Kirkland was shifted to the college side and he will scout the Atlantic region. The Bears also hired Dwayne Joseph, a former Bears cornerback, as a pro scout.

In the college ranks, Jeff Shiver was named assistant director of college scouting and Rex Hogan and Mark Sadowski were promoted to national scout positions. Ted Monago also got a promotion and he will scout the SEC.

Emery also hired Kent Kahl (Central States), Francis Saint-Paul (West) and Sam Summerville (East) as regional scouts. Breck Ackley, Bobby Macedo, Zach Truty and David Williams were named scouting assistants.

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