Chargers name Chudzinski tight ends coach

The San Diego Chargers completed their staff by hiring Rob Chudzinski to replace Tim Brewster as tight ends coach. Chudzinski brings with him an impressive resume from his tenure as a coach at the University of Miami.

Chudzinski, a former tight ends coach at the University of Miami, has helped three tight ends become All-Americans. He began his career at Miami spending two seasons (1994-1995) as a graduate assistant before being promoted to tight ends coach for the 1996-2000 campaigns. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2001 and spent three seasons with dual roles before joining the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

He played tight end for the Canes from 1986-90 and was a member of national championship teams in 1987 and '89. Chudzinski graduated from Miami with a B.A. in business administration in 1990 and later earned an MBA in 1996.

During his three seasons as offensive coordinator, the Hurricanes played in three Bowl Championship Series games, including two national championship games. In 2001, his first as coordinator, the Canes went 12-0 and defeated Nebraska to win the National Championship. In 2002, Chudzinski's offense at Miami set school records for points (527), total yards (6,074) and rushing touchdowns (33). The Canes went 12-1 in '02, their only defeat coming against Ohio State in overtime in the National Championship game.

Chudzinski has tutored such players as Kellen Winslow, Jr., the son of Chargers Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, Bubba Franks and Jeremy Shockey. All three went on to become first round picks.

He brings that impressive resume to San Diego where he will tutor Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, along with Justin Peelle and Ryan Krause.

"Rob is extremely bright," said Schottenheimer of Chudzinski, who received an MBA from the University of Miami in 1996. "He is an ideal teacher to continue the development of our talented group of young tight ends. He's played and coached the position. He also brings a great understanding of both the running game and passing game. We're lucky to get such a bright and experienced teacher and coach."

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