After a couple weeks of individual names leaking out, the Seattle Seahawks finally announced new head coach Pete Carroll’s coaching staff today.
Only two coaches have been retained from Jim Mora’s staff. They include defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Dan Quinn, who will remain in the same positions on Carroll’s staff.
The coaching staff includes members with a wide variety of experiences, from college to the pros, with staff members who have won Super Bowls and national championships. Eight of the 21 coaches are former USC staff members under Carroll.
“I’m excited about the makeup of our staff,” Carroll said in a prepared statement. “It’s an energetic group of teachers with a nice blend of experience,” said Head Coach Pete Carroll. “Now we can turn our focus on the task at hand – competing in the NFC West.”
The announcement of the new coaching staff also includes two names who have not been mentioned in the coaching hires over the last, two weeks. Luke Butkus is the offensive quality control coach, and will help out with the offensive line. He is the nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus.
Butkus played center at the University of Illinois, and was an offensive assistant line coach with the Chicago Bears from 2007 to 2009.
And Dave Canales will be another quality control coach. Canales an offensive administrative assistant last season on Carroll’s USC staff.
Here’s the full list.
Executive Vice President & Head Coach – Pete Carroll
Offensive Coordinator – Jeremy Bates
Defensive Coordinator – Gus Bradley
Quarterbacks – Jedd Fisch
Running Backs – Sherman Smith
Wide Receivers – Kippy Brown
Tight Ends – Pat McPherson
Offensive Line – Alex Gibbs
Assistant Offensive Line – Art Valero
Quality Control/Offensive Line – Luke Butkus
Quality Control/Offense – Dave Canales
Defensive Line – Dan Quinn
Linebackers – Ken Norton, Jr.
Defensive Backs – Jerry Gray
Assistant Defensive Backs – Kris Richard
Quality Control/Defense – Rocky Seto
Special Team Coordinator – Brian Schneider
Special Teams Assistant – Jeff Ulbrich
Head Strength & Conditioning – Chris Carlisle
Assistant Strength & Conditioning – Mondray Gee
Assistant Strength & Conditioning – Jamie Yanchar
Offensive Coordinator: Jeremy Bates
Spent last season as Carroll’s offensive coordinator at USC, and Carroll has called him “one of the young, unbelievably bright minds in the NFL.” Prior to his stint at USC, Bates, 33, was an assistant coach for the Denver Broncos (2006-08), New York Jets (2005) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-04), working under Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden and Jeff Fisher. A quarterback at Tennessee and Rice, Bates coached the position for all three teams. His father, Jim, is a long-time NFL coach who has served as defensive coordinator for the Falcons, Dolphins, Broncos and Bucs.
Quarterbacks: Jedd Fisch
Spent last season as the University of Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. Fisch broke into coaching in 1998 with the New Jersey team in the Arena League and then was a graduate assistant for two seasons at the University of Florida. He has since coached in various capacities for the Houston Texans (2001-2003), Baltimore Ravens (2004-07) and Denver Broncos (2008). He coached wide receivers with the Broncos and wide receivers and quarterbacks with the Ravens.
Running Backs: Sherman Smith
Smith, 55, was a second-round pick in the Seahawks’ inaugural draft in 1976 and the team’s leading rusher in its first four seasons. He returns to coach the position after working at Redmond Jr. High and Redmond High School and college stints at Miami (Ohio), his alma mater, and Illinois. Smith then coached running backs for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1995-2007) before spending the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator on Jim Zorn’s staff with the Washington Redskins.
Wide Receivers: Kippy Brown
He has coached, and coached for, an impressive group in his 31 seasons in college and the NFL. Brown, 54, has worked for Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy and Sam Wyche in the NFL and Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer in the college ranks. The players he has worked with include Peyton Manning, Andre Johnson, Mark Clayton, Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens. His coaching career has taken the former college and high school quarterback to Memphis State (1978-80), Louisville (1982), Tennessee (1983-89, 1993-94 and 2009), as well as the New York Jets (1990-92), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995), Miami Dolphins (1996-99), Green Bay Packers (2000), Houston Texans (2002-05) and Detroit Lions (2006-08).
Offensive Line: Alex Gibbs
After coaching in college for 15 years – Duke, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio State, Auburn and Georgia – Gibbs, 68, took his zone-blocking scheme to the NFL. His pro stops included the Denver Broncos (1984-87 and 1995-2003), Oakland Raiders (1988-89), San Diego Chargers (1990-91), Indianapolis Colts (1992), Kansas City Chiefs (1993-94), Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) and Houston Texans (2008-09). His lines have blocked for 1,000-yard rushers Sammy Winder, Marion Butts, Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, Warrick Dunn and Steve Slaton.
Assistant Offensive Line: Art Valero
He was with the St. Louis Rams the past two seasons as assistant head coach/running backs (2008) and assistant offensive line (2009). Prior to that, Valero, 52, coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six seasons (2002-07) and was assistant head coach the last two. He also has coached at Louisville (1998-2001), Utah State (1995-97), Idaho (1990-94), Iowa State (1983), Long Beach State (1984-86), New Mexico (1987-89) and Boise State (1981-82), his alma mater. With the Seahawks, he will assist Gibbs.
Quality Control/Offensive Line: Luke Butkus
He went to training camp with the Chicago Bears (2002) and San Diego Chargers (2003) and played one season at center with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europa (2003). Butkus, 30, was then a graduate assistant at Oregon (2005-06) and assistant offensive line coach with the Bears (2007-09). With the Seahawks, he will assist Gibbs and Valero, as well as handle the other duties that go with being a quality control coach. He is the nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus.
Tight Ends: Pat McPherson
Coached tight ends for the Denver Broncos for two seasons (2007-08) after coaching the quarterbacks for four seasons (2003-06). His father, Bill, was a long-time coach and front-office man for the San Francisco 49ers. McPherson, 40, previously had coaching stints with the Broncos (offensive assistant 1999-2002; defensive assistant 1998); 49ers (defensive quality control 1996); and Bellarmine Prep (defensive coordinator 1994-97).
Quality Control/Offense: Dave Canales
He was an offensive administrative assistant last season on Carroll’s USC staff. Prior to that, Canales coached at El Camino Junior College and Carson High School, where he worked with the wide receivers and tight ends.
Linebackers: Ken Norton, Jr.
After averaging 8.8 yards rushing as a running back at Westchester (Calif.) High School, Norton, 43, became a standout linebacker at UCLA and then in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers – winning three Super Bowl rings and being voted to three Pro Bowls. Since becoming the linebackers coach at USC in 2004, Norton’s protégés have included the Seahawks’ Lofa Tatupu, as well as Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, Kaluka Maiava, Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga. He is the son of former heavyweight champion Ken Norton.
Defensive Backs: Jerry Gray
Like Norton, Gray, 47, had a Pro Bowl career before becoming a coach. A first-round draft choice in 1985 out of Texas, Gray played for the Los Angeles Rams (1985-91), Houston Oilers (1992) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993). He has been the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills (2001-05) and also coached for the Washington Redskins (2006-09).
Assistant Defensive Backs: Kris Richard
Like Sherman Smith, Richard, 30, entered the NFL as a Seahawks’ draft choice – third round in 2002. After three seasons with the Seahawks, he also played for the San Francisco 49ers (2005). Richard, who played at USC (1998-2001), joined Pete Carroll’s Trojans in 2008 as a graduate assistant. In this stint the Seahawks, Richard will assist Jerry Gray in coaching the cornerbacks and safeties.
Quality Control/Defense: Rocky Seto
Another member of Carroll’s USC staff, Seto, 33, was defensive coordinator last season after Nick Holt left to join Steve Sarkisian’s staff at the University of Washington. Seto has been with the Trojans since 1999, first as a volunteer assistant and later as a graduate assistant (2000) before coaching the safeties (2003), linebackers (2004-05) and secondary (2006-08). He also played linebacker for the Trojans (1997-98). His full name is Haruki Rocky Seto, and named after boxer Rocky Marciano.
Special Teams Coordinator: Brian Schneider
He also has coached tight ends, linebackers and safeties in college, but Schneider, 38, has always coached special teams, as well. He broke into coaching at Colorado State (1994-2002), his alma mater, before moving to UCLA (2003-05) and Iowa State (2006). He coached special teams for the Oakland Raiders (2007-08) before joining Carroll’s staff at USC last season.
Special Teams Assistant: Jeff Ulbrich
Ulbrich, 32, was a third-round draft choice in 2000 by the San Francisco 49ers and played his entire career in the Bay Area. He was a stand-out linebacker and strong special teams presence until retiring last season. Ulbrich went to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last week looking for a coaching job and found one. He will assist Brian Schneider, who was Carroll’s special teams coach at USC.
Strength & Conditioning
Head Strength & Conditioning: Chris Carlisle
Another member of Carroll’s USC staff, Carlisle, 47, was the Trojans’ head strength and conditioning coach for nine years (2001-09). Prior to that, he was associate head strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee (1998-2000); offensive line coach and strength coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, (1997); head coach and strength coach at Subiaco (Ark.) Academy (1993-96); a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Arkansas (1992-93); offensive line coach and strength coach at Blytheville (Ark.) High (1986-91); and head coach and strength coach at Dodge (Neb.) High (1985).
Strength & Conditioning Assistant: Mondray Gee
After spending the past two seasons as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Green Bay Packers, Gee, 34, is part of a complete makeover of the Seahawks’ strength and conditioning staff. Prior to joining the Packers, he worked as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Detroit Lions (2001-07) and in many capacities at Michigan State University (1996-2001).
Strength & Conditioning Assistant: Jamie Yanchar
Like Carlisle, Yanchar, also comes to the Seahawks from USC. Yanchar became the interim head strength and conditioning coach for the Trojans after Carlisle left, before deciding to follow Carlisle and Carroll to Seattle. Yanchar had been at USC since 1990.