Monday, January 29, 2007

Coaching Staff is Finalized

According to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette head coach Mike Tomlin has officially finalized his choices for assistant coaches (i.e. they have all signed contracts). Here are the men who will be responsible for the Steelers' performance next season:

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

Offensive Coordinator: Bruce Arians
Offensive Line Coach: Larry Zierlein
Wide Receiver Coach: Randy Fichtner
Running Backs Coach: Kirby Wilson
Tight Ends Coach: James Daniel
Quarterback Coach: Ken Anderson
Quality Control -- Offense : Matt Raich

Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau
Defensive Line Coach: John Mitchell
Linebackers Coach: Keith Butler
Defensive Backs Coach: Ray Horton
Quality Control -- Defense: Lou Spanos

Special Teams Coach: Bob Ligashesky
Assistant Special Teams Coach: Amos Jones

According to an article on the Steelers website new wide receiver coach Randy Fichtner, who is 43-years old, "spent the last six seasons (2001-06) as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the Memphis, where he had also previously coached from 1990-93. Prior to joining Memphis for the second time, Fichtner was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State (1997-00) and the wide receivers coach at his alma mater Purdue (1994-96). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Purdue (1985-86) and Michigan (1986-87), before joining Southern California as a volunteer coach in 1988. In 1989, Fichtner earned his first full-time coaching position when he coached tight ends at UNLV."

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