Sparky Woods looks toward the camera during practice. A former head coach and offensive coordinator, Woods will handle running backs for Alabama. Head Coach Mike Shula has gone out of his way to praise the contributions provided by Woods. Coach Woods has also taken a leading role in recruiting.
A native of the East Coast, Dave Ungerer is definitely the staff member with the strangest accent. But the former star running back for Southern Connecticut State quickly decided he liked it in Tuscaloosa. Ungerer was brought in to transform Alabama's special teams play, but he'll also coach tight ends on offense.
Alabama's quarterbacking braintrust confers. Both Dave Rader (left) and Mike Shula (right) were star quarterbacks in college, and each has extensive pro coaching experience on his resume'. Who will call plays hasn't yet been decided (though the smart money is on Shula), but as close as the two work together it probably wouldn't matter much one way or another.
The youngest coach on the Alabama staff, Bobby Connelly is responsible for the Tide offensive line. He's an intelligent, intense coach, who quickly earned the respect of his players. Behind Connelly stands Paul Hogan (in the white Tide hat). A former All-SEC center at Alabama, Hogan works as an on-the-field graduate assistant, principally assigned to the offensive line during practice.
Some men just have a knack for relating to young people, and Charlie Harbison definitely falls into that category. He's an excellent recruiter and well-liked by his players. Harbison is in his second stint on the Tide staff. He'll coach wide receivers this fall. Over Harbison's shoulder in the white hat is Tim Bowens, the Director of High School Relations.
Since assuming the job of Director of Football Operations, Randy Ross seems to be on the telephone constantly. Responsible for an incredible array of details involving the efficient operation of the football program, Ross is an invaluable help to Mike Shula. "He's one of those guys that never gets the credit he deserves," Shula said.