Bears hire Mike Wiley Jr. as director of player development

Wiley replaces LaMar “Soup” Campbell, who was fired as vice president of player engagement around July 1. Wiley most recently was a mental performance coach at Courtex Performance from 2019-22.

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The Bears have revamped much of their football staff since Ryan Poles was hired to replace Ryan Pace, with Mike Wiley Jr. as director of player development the latest edition.

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Bears general manager Ryan Poles has hired Mike Wiley, Jr. as director of player development and mental skills, the Bears announced Wednesday.

Wiley replaces LaMar “Soup” Campbell, who was fired as vice president of player engagement around July 1. Campbell was part of the five-person committee that conducted the general manager search and hired Poles. Wiley will report directly to Poles, the Bears’ release said.

Wiley most recently a mental performance coach at Courtex Performance from 2019-22. He has worked as a mental performance coach for Loyola University’s track and field team (2015), Indiana State and Lincoln Memorial University’s men’s basketball teams and the Lipscomb University women’s basketball team.

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