Bucs Make Several Changes To Coaching Staff

February 13 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired strength and conditioning coach Garrett Giemont on Thursday. Giemont, who filled a position in the same capacity under Jon Gruden for four seasons in Oakland, replaces Johnny Parker, who the Bucs fired earlier in the week. The Bucs also fired assistant offensive line coach Michael Christianson, who served under offensive line coach Bill Muir last season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several changes to its coaching staff this week.

The Bucs fired two assistant coaches on Wednesday -- strength and conditioning coach Johnny Parker and assistant offensive line coach Michael Christianson.

The Bucs hired Garrett Giemont to replace Parker on Thursday. Giemont, who has more than 20 years experience, coached a position in the same capacity with the Oakland Raiders over the last eight seasons (1995-2002). He was the strength and conditioning coach for his first seven seasons before serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator in '02.

"I am really looking forward to working with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," said Giemont. "It is a franchise that is coming off a tremendous year and I am impressed with Coach Gruden and his staff. Reuniting with Jon Gruden is very exciting for me. He is a head coach with great knowledge, great skills and great enthusiasm. Anytime you can get around a person like that, it enhances your life and your ability to work."

Giemont spent four seasons working under Gruden in Oakland (1998–2001).

"Garrett got into the league as a young man and has a lot of hands-on working experience," said Gruden. "I have seen his results at close range with both young players and veteran players, and he has a rare ability. This is a hire that we are extremely proud of."

Parker coached just one season with the Bucs before being dismissed. He signed with the team after spending seven seasons with the New England Patriots. But Gruden inherited Parker, who was thought to be a hire of Bill Parcells, who later backed out of a contract agreement with Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay decided not to renew Christianson's contract. He coached under Bucs offensive line coach Bill Muir last season.


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