Tampa Bay Adds 7 Assistant Coaches

February 25 - New Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has been busy filling out his coaching staff. Offensive line coach Bill Muir was also given the title of offensive coordinator - even though Gruden will call his own plays - and Tampa Bay announced the hiring of seven new assistant coaches.

On Monday, February 25, the Buccaneers added seven assistant coaches to their staff. Leaving only the special teams coach position vacant.

"We have assembled what we think is a great group of coaches who are also terrific teachers," said Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden. "We still have a few slots to fill, but I'm very pleased with the process and I think, at the end of the day, our fans and players will be very proud of the staff that we have assembled."

Off. quality control assistant - Jeremy Bates
Graduated from Rice University in 1999. Joined the Tennessee Titans in 2000 as an administrative assistant to the coaching staff. Played QB at Tennessee. After the 2000 season, Bates left the Titans but remained close to the NFL through his father, Jim Bates, defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

Asst. OL/quality control - Michael Christianson
Coached TEs at Western Oregon University from 1991-94. He then moved to Lewis and Clark University in 1995, where he also tutored the tight ends. In 1996, Christianson moved to RBs coach at Portland State University, and held that position for three seasons. He then joined the Montana State coaching staff as an assistant for the 1999 season. He joined XOS Technologies after the 1999 season and has worked as a field engineer for the company the past two years. XOS Technologies is an innovative sports technology company that provides cutting-edge integrated audio/visual and computer solutions for many pro sports franchises.

Receivers coach - Richard Mann
Enters his 33rd year in coaching and his 21st NFL season as an NFL assistant and joins Tampa Bay after spending 2001 with the Washington Redskins. Prior to working with the Redskins, Mann served as the WRs coach for Kansas City in 1999 and 2000. Under Mann, the Chiefs' passing attack produced a club-record 4,388 passing yards and 28 TDs. Mann spent the 1997 and 1998 seasons as the Baltimore Ravens WRs coach. In 1997, Mann helped direct the tandem of Derrick Alexander (65 receptions for 1,009 yards and nine TDs) and Michael Jackson (60 catches for 918 yards and four TDs). Mann also coached the New York Jets WRs from 1994-96 and will be reunited with Keyshawn Johnson, who hauled in 63 catches for 844 yards and eight TDs during his rookie season under Mann. Mann also served as a TEs coach with the Cleveland Browns from 1985-93, where he coached Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome. He originally began his NFL coaching career as a WRs coach with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982-84. Mann also coached on the collegiate level at the University of Louisville from 1980-81 and Arizona St. from 1974-79.

Defensive quality control - Raheem Morris
Begins his first NFL campaign after spending the past four seasons in the college ranks. He began his coaching career in 1998 as a defensive assistant coach at Hofstra. He was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports and handling video breakdown and computer input and analysis. He then landed at Cornell University as DBs coach and special teams assistant before returning to Hofstra the past two seasons (2000-2001) as DBs backs coach.

Quarterbacks coach - Stan Parrish
Has spent the past six seasons at the University of Michigan as QBs coach from 1996-99 and offensive coordinator/QBs coach from 2000-01. At Michigan, he was instrumental in the development of Broncos QB Brian Griese, Lions QB Scott Dreisbach and Patriots QB Tom Brady, who led New England to a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams last month in Super Bowl XXXVI. Parrish coached for six years at Rutgers University (1990-95), where he tutored current Miami Dolphins QB Ray Lucas as offensive coordinator and QBs coach. He also has head coaching experience at Kansas State University (1986-88), Marshall University (1984-85) and Wabash College (1978-82).

Tight ends coach Art Valero
Valero comes to Tampa Bay after spending four seasons (1998-2001) as assistant head coach and OL coach at the University of Louisville. During his tenure, the Cardinals ranked among the nation's best offenses. The 1998 squad finished the year first in the country in total offense, averaging 559.6 yards per game. Valero has previous NFL experience with the Kansas City Chiefs (1994), Buffalo Bills (1996) and the New York Jets (1998). He began his coaching career from 1981-82 at his alma mater, Boise State, before moving on to Iowa State for one season as OL coach. He worked for three seasons (1984-86) as the offensive line coach at Long Beach State before moving on to New Mexico for three years (1987-89) in the same role. Valero also served as offensive coordinator at Idaho (1990-94).

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson
Joins the Bucs after spending one season as WRs coach at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, Wilson spent four years coaching in the NFL with New England (1997-99) and Washington (2000), all as running backs coach. During his time in the NFL, Wilson tutored Pro Bowl RB Stephen Davis in 2000, as well as Curtis Martin in 1997 and Robert Edwards in 1998 with New England. Prior to coaching with the Redskins and Patriots, Wilson spent nine seasons in the college ranks, most recently coaching RBs at Iowa State for two years (1995-96). Under his guidance, All-American Troy Davis led the nation in rushing both seasons. He began his coaching career in 1985 at Pasadena (Calif.) City College and in 1989-90 worked as QBs and WRs coach at Los Angeles Southwest Community College. In 1991-92, he was on the staff at Southern Illinois, serving as LBs coach his first year and defensive coordinator and DBs coach his second season. He went on to Wyoming as DBs coach the next two seasons (1993-94).


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