[The following is the press release from the Browns announcing the hiring of Gil Haskell as new president Mike Homgren's right-hand man.]
The Cleveland Browns today announced the hiring of Gil Haskell as Senior Advisor to the President.
Haskell brings a wealth of experience to the Browns, having coached on both the collegiate and professional levels for more than 30 years. Most recently, he spent nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2000-08), with his first seven campaigns as offensive coordinator (2000-06) and final two as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator (2007-08). In 2005, the Seahawks finished the season ranked second in total offense as they advanced to Super Bowl XL. During Haskell's tenure in Seattle, the Seahawks captured four NFC West titles (2004-07) and advanced to the postseason five consecutive times (2003-07).
Prior to joining the Seahawks, Haskell was the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers for two seasons (1998-99), where his offense finished the 1999 season sixth overall. He also spent six years with the Green Bay Packers, coaching both running backs (1992-94) and wide receivers (1995-97). During Haskell's time in Green Bay, the Packers won three NFC Central titles (1995-97), made five postseason trips (1993-97), and two Super Bowl appearances (1996-97) with one Super Bowl title in 1996.
Haskell entered the NFL coaching ranks in 1983, spending nine seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (1983-91), leading the special teams (1983-86), running backs (1987-90) and tight ends/special teams units (1991). As a member of the Rams' coaching staff, the team won the NFC West title in 1985 and made two NFC Championship game appearances, in 1985 and 1989.
Before joining the Rams, Haskell spent five seasons at the University of Southern California (1978-82) coaching wide receivers and special teams. In his first season at USC, the Trojans posted a 12-1 record and captured the 1978 NCAA National Championship, based on the UPI Coaches Poll. He joined the Trojans' staff following a nine-year stint at St. Ignatius High School (1969-77) in San Francisco, Calif., where he spent his final five seasons as the team's head coach. As a youth, Haskell spent 22 years working in a variety of roles within the San Francisco 49ers organization, as his late uncle, Dr. William O'Grady, was part owner of the team. A native of San Francisco, Haskell and his wife, Nancy, have four grown daughters, Paula, Patty, Jenny and Julie.