Tim Holt named Bears O-line coach

The Chicago Bears have hired Tim Holt as the team's new offensive line coach. Holt is a 17-year coaching veteran and spent the last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Tim Holt today to become the team's offensive line coach.

Holt has 17 years of football coaching experience, including the last three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11). In 2011, Holt was Tampa Bay's assistant offensive line coach after working as an offensive assistant coach for the Buccaneers in 2010, concentrating most of his work on the offensive line. He joined Tampa Bay in 2009 as a coaching intern during spring OTAs, concentrating on tight ends before helping with the offensive line during training camp and the regular season. In the last two seasons, Holt has helped coach two Pro Bowlers along Tampa Bay's offensive line: G Davin Joseph (2011) and LT Donald Penn (2010). Over those two seasons, Tampa Bay's 4.5 yards per carry was the seventh best rushing average in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Holt spent 14 seasons (1995-2008) coaching collegiately, including 10 working with offensive linemen. Holt started his collegiate coaching experience at his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State, in 1995, working two seasons as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach. He held the same position at Lehigh (1997-98) and Cornell (1999) before taking on the responsibility of running backs coach at Cornell in 2000. From 2001-03, Holt was the offensive line coach/offensive coordinator at American International before returning to his alma mater to coach the running backs for three seasons (2005-07). Holt's last collegiate stop was Stonehill College in 2008 as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Collegiately Holt played on the offensive line for the Owls for four seasons (1991-94) and was a three-year letter winner.

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