Jets hire two inexperienced assistants

The New York Jets announced today the appointment of Jeremy Bates as the Club's quarterbacks coach and the promotion of Pep Hamilton to wide receivers coach.<p>

Bates, 28, joins the Jets after having served the past three seasons (2002-04) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2004, he served as the assistant quarterbacks coach after joining the Club originally in 2002 as the offensive quality control coach.

Bates' father, Jim, was named the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers on January 24, 2005 after serving as the interim Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Bates was a quarterback for Rice University from 1996-99 after spending one season with the University of Tennessee as a quarterback. He was born in Sevierville, TN on August 27, 1976.

Hamilton, 30, is entering his third season with the Jets and will work with the Jets' receiving corps. He spent the 2004 season as the offensive assistant coach where he assisted in the coaching of the perimeter offensive players (WR, TE, RB). Hamilton originally joined the Jets' coaching staff on February 20, 2003 as the offensive quality control coach.

Hamilton first joined the coaching ranks at his alma mater, Howard University, in July of 1997 and remained there until February of 2002, last holding the position of offensive coordinator/QB coach. During his tenure, his offensive unit ranked in the top five in NCAA Division 1-AA in total offense and passing offense in four of his five seasons. Hamilton was a quarterback at Howard in his playing days, earning second-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors in 1995.

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