The inside scoop on Coughlin's new staff

The Giants now have a full coaching staff in place and are looking forward to their preparation for the 2004 season. <BR><BR>

Background information on five of the new assistants is provided below:

Mike Waufle, the defensive line coach with the Oakland Raiders the previous six seasons, will assume the same position with the Giants.

Waufle, 49, has been coaching for 25 years. He joined the NFL as the Raiders' defensive line coach in 1998. In his six seasons in Oakland, the Raiders made the playoffs three times, winning at least one postseason game in each of those seasons and advancing to Super Bowl XXXVII last year.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Waufle coached the defensive linemen at the University of California, where he was also the recruiting coordinator. At Cal, he helped develop several NFL defensive linemen, including two first-round picks in the 1996 Draft, Duane Clemons and Regan Upshaw.

"He made a presentation to me on the way he teaches, and he is very impressive," Coughlin said. "He is adept at teaching multiple forms of line play. He worked with Steve Mariucci at Cal. He has a positive, go get 'em personality, and he is from the southern tier of New York and is looking forward to working with this organization and our defensive line."

A native of Hornell, N.Y., Waufle began his coaching career at Alfred University in 1979. From 1980-84, he was an assistant at Utah State, his alma mater, working one season as the secondary coach, two as the offensive line coach and two as the defensive line coach. From 1985-88, Waufle was the defensive line coach and special teams coach at Fresno State. He was the defensive line coach at UCLA (1989) and Oregon State (1990-91) before moving to Cal.

After graduating from high school, Waufle served three years in the United States Marines before beginning his collegiate football career at Bakersfield Junior College, which won the junior college national title and played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1976. He then played defensive line at Utah State, where he was named captain as a senior.

Waufle and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Michele and Marsha. He was born on June 27, 1954.


Bill Davis, the Atlanta Falcons' linebackers coach the last three years, is the Giants' new linebackers coach.

Davis, 38, has been on the coaching staff of five NFL teams since 1992. He began coaching the linebackers in Atlanta in 2001 under former Giants coach Dan Reeves. Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons playing for Davis. In 2002, Davis was instrumental in helping Atlanta's linebackers adjust to the new 3-4 defense installed by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. In 2003, Atlanta's top three tacklers Brooking, Chris Draft and Matt Stewart were all linebackers.

"He comes from a football family," Tom Coughlin said of Davis. "His dad was in player personnel. Billy has coached a long time for such a young guy, and he has worked with coaches I respect: Dom Capers and Dan Reeves."

Davis' coaching career began at Michigan State in 1990 and 91. He joined the NFL in 1992 as a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers, working with the secondary for a year, then with the linebackers for two. In 1995, he began a four-year stint as the outside linebackers coach with the Carolina Panthers under Capers. Under his tutelage, Kevin Greene and Lamar Lathon finished first and second in sacks, with 14.5 and 13.5 respectively, in 1996. Each made the Pro Bowl and the second-year Panthers advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

After leaving Carolina, Davis had a pair of one-year stops, first with the Cleveland Browns in 1999 (as a defensive assistant/linebackers) and with the Green Bay Packers in 2000 (defensive assistant/defensive line).

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Davis was a college quarterback and receiver at the University of Cincinnati from 1985-88. His father, Bill, served 13 years in the NFL, including six years as the Browns' director of player personnel.

Davis was born on Nov. 5, 1965.


Ron Milus, the defensive backs coach with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003, will coach the Giants defensive backs.

Milus, 40, joined the Cardinals last year after three seasons as a coach with the Denver Broncos, two as defensive backs coach and one as the nickel backs coach. He came to the NFL after nine seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks.

"He comes from a winning background," Tom Coughlin said. "He played and coached for Don James at Washington. His dad was a high school coach. He worked with Mike Shanahan. Dave McGinnis and Larry Marmie stood up on the table for him. He is a knowledgeable, young, energetic coach.

In Milus' first season in Denver (2000), the Broncos' secondary accounted for 21 of the club's 27 interceptions, the highest total by the team since 1987. In 2001, cornerback Deltha O'Neal earned a trip to the Pro Bowl with nine interceptions. The following year Denver's defense ranked sixth in the NFL.

Milus began his coaching career at his high school, Lincoln High in Tacoma, Wash. After three years there, he joined the staff at his alma mater, the University of Washington, as a graduate assistant in 1991 â€" a season in which the Huskies won a share of the national championship. When he was promoted to a full-time position in 1992, Milus was the youngest assistant coach in the Pac-10 at age 28.

During his eight seasons at Washington, the Huskies played in six bowl games, including two Rose Bowls. Milus' defensive backs were instrumental on a defense that led the nation in 1993 with 22 interceptions. Two years later, Washington led the Pac-10 with 16 picks.

Milus was a four-year letterwinner at Washington as a cornerback and return specialist. He and his wife, Sandra, have two sons, Ryan and Bobby.

Milus was born on Nov. 25, 1963.


Mike Sullivan, an offensive assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year, has been named New York's wide receivers coach.

Sullivan, 37, was the Jaguars' offensive assistant in 2003 after spending the previous season as Jacksonville's defensive quality control coach under Coughlin. He was the only member of Coughlin's coaching staff retained by the Jaguars last year.

As the offensive assistant, Sullivan helped coach the Jaguars' wide receivers and helped the coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation, including scouting reports, statistical analysis of opponent's tendencies and preparing playbooks.

"He is an outstanding young coach," Tom Coughlin said. "I brought him in at Jacksonville as the defensive quality control coach. He was the only one of that staff who was retained last season and he moved to the offensive side, where he worked heavily in the passing game. He is an intense, energetic young guy who is a West Point graduate."

Sullivan joined the Jaguars after nine years coaching in college football. He began his coaching career at Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.) College in 1993. Sullivan also coached at Humboldt State (1994), Army (1995-96 and 1999-2000) and Youngstown State (1997-98). In 1997, Youngstown State won the Division 1-AA national championship under Jim Tressel, now the coach at Ohio State.

Sullivan was a defensive back at Army, where he received a degree in English in 1989. He also has a master's degree from Humboldt State. Sullivan is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools.

Sullivan and his wife, Julie, have a daughter, Carmen Enriqueta (4/4/03). Sullivan was born on Jan. 28, 1967.


Andy Barnett is the Giants' new assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Barnett has been a performance specialist at IMG Academies, the world's largest network of multi-sport training facilities. IMG is located in Bradenton, Fla. Barnett will assist the Giants' new strength and conditioning coach, Jerry Palmieri.

"Andy has worked with numerous professional athletes at IMG," Palmieri said. "His expertise is in the area of speed development and change of direction."

Barnett has 15 years of strength and conditioning experience. He has worked with numerous athletes who have participated in international competitions, including the Olympics, Pan-American Games and World Cup competition.

Barnett was the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Calgary from 1993-95. From 1996-2000, Barnett was at the National Sports Center for Olympic Athletes in Calgary, where he developed and implemented strength programs for 14 winter and summer Olympic sports.

Barnett has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming and a master's in physical education from the University of Calgary.

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