Coach Rob Chudzinski promoted

The Colts are hanging onto assistant Rob Chudzinski, who had attracted recent job interest from two other NFL teams.

The Indianapolis Colts are keeping Rob Chudzinski on their coaching staff.

And he’s getting a promotion, to associate head coach from special assistant to the head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams were denied permission to speak to the assistant about vacant offensive coordinator positions, an obvious indication of what the Colts thought about the former Cleveland Browns head coach.

“We’re excited to keep Chud in our family,” head coach Chuck Pagano said in a team release. “He’s been a critical part of our operation and we’re looking forward to sharing even more success in the future.”

Chudzinski, whose two decades of coaching experience includes 11 in the NFL, joined the Colts last offseason after serving as Browns head coach for 2013.

He’s been an offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers (2011-12) and Browns (2007-08) as well as assistant head coach/tight ends with the San Diego Chargers (2009-10). Chudzinski and Pagano have ties dating back to coaching together in college at the University of Miami.

It’s the second coaching promotion announced in the last week. The Colts advised on Thursday that David Williams was appointed conditioning/performance analyst after serving three seasons as a strength and conditioning staff intern.

“Dave has been at the forefront of this new technology dating back to college, and he has done an excellent job acting as the liaison who collects and disseminates our Catapult GPS tracking information to our strength staff and coaches,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a release. “It was a total team effort by our strength staff, trainers and our coaches in achieving results this regular season in which we saw a drastic reduction in the number of players placed on Injured Reserve compared to previous regular seasons.”

The Colts have also made one change with Monday’s announcement that running backs coach David Walker and the team have mutually agreed to part ways.

“We’re grateful for David’s contributions to the Colts’ success over the last four years and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” Pagano said in a release.

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