Saturday, January 27, 2007

Special Teams Coach Hired?

According to a report on the website for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Bob Ligashesky as their new special teams coach:

"Bob Ligashesky didn't stay unemployed for long.

Just one day after head coach Scott Linehan confirmed that Ligashesky would not return to the Rams for the 2007 season, Ligashesky was hired as special teams coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ligashesky, 44, is a Pittsburgh native who played football at Indiana (Pa.) University and coached at the University of Pittsburgh from 2000-03.

He replaces Kevin Spencer, who was hired as special teams coach by new Arizona Cardinals coach and former Steelers assistant Ken Whisenhunt

Mr. Ligashesky coached the Rams' special teams in 2005 and 2006; prior to that he was the Assistant Special Teams Coach in Jacksonville. Prior to his stint at Pitt mentioned in the article Mr. Ligashesky spent nine seasons at Bowling Green University (1991-1999), two seasons at Kent State (1989-1990), two seasons at Arizona State University (1986-1988) and one season at Wake Forest (1985) as a Graduate Assistant.

For the season recently completed the Rams' special teams ranked this way compared to the rest of the league (and compared to the Steelers):

Punt Return Average: 25th (Steelers: 19th)
Kickoff Return Average: 26th (Steelers: 21st)
Net Punting Average: 12th (Steelers: 18th)

Opponent Punt Return Average: 19th (Steelers: 2nd)
Opponent Kickoff Return Average: 28th (Steelers: 18th)
Opponent Net Punting Average: 31st (Steelers: 21st)

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