Bears make changes in scouting department

The Chicago Bears announced changes Tuesday to the organizational structure of the club’s personnel department, with longtime scout Chris Ballard taking on the role of director of pro scouting and Marty Barrett receiving the title of director of college scouting.

“Our personnel department is a team of evaluators with a wide and diverse background,” Bears general manager Phil Emery said. “Our scouts, coaches and support personnel will work together to shape a roster in an effort to win championships. This diversity of background greatly enhances our collective efforts in the evaluation of perspective players’ football abilities, as well as the players’ fit for our scheme, locker room and community.”

Ballard and Barrett have a combined 47 years of experience in pro scouting, administrative tasks and coaching. Ballard worked the last 11 seasons as an area scout, where he evaluated the Southwest region. Ballard worked seven seasons prior to joining the Bears (1994-200) as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Barrett has spent 17 years scouting the West region for the New Orleans Saints (1995097) and Bears (97-2012). Before becoming a scout, Barrett worked as an assistant to the athletics director at Rutgers (1991095) after a one-year stint as a graduate assistant working with the school’s defensive backs. Barrett coached at the University of Buffalo from 1986-89.

“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. “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.”

In other front office moves, Kevin Turks and Dwayne Joseph will serve as assistant directors of pro scouting. Turk enters his 11th season with the Bears, fifth as assistant director of pro personnel. Joseph has spent the last eight seasons working with the Miami Dolphins.

Former Midwest area scout Jeff Shiver moves to a new role as executive scout/assistant director of college scouting, where he’ll focus on the Big Ten Conference. Rex Hogan and Mark Sadowski will work as national scouts, evaluating the West and East Regions, respectively.

Ted Monago moves to a role as executive scout, and will focus on the Southeastern Conference.

James Kirkland, Kent Kahl, Sam Summerville and Francis Saint-Paul will work as area scouts. Kahl joins the club after working as a regional scout with the San Francisco 49ers. Saint-Paul moves into an NFL front office role after working the last five years as a coach at Northern Arizona. Summerville joins the Bears personnel department after serving as a player personnel assistant for the Cleveland Browns from 2009-12.