Stock to lead special teams

McCarthy also hires Moss to coach linebackers; new strength coach

The Green Bay Packers named Mike Stock special teams coordinator. Head Coach Mike McCarthy also named Winston Moss as linebackers coach and Rock Gullickson strength and conditioning coach.

Here is info on each coach.

Stock to coordinate special teams
Stock, 66, has 41 combined seasons on coaching staffs at the pro and college levels, he joins the Packers from the St. Louis Rams, where he spent one year (2004).

"We're very fortunate to give our players the opportunity to work with someone of Mike Stock's caliber and experience," McCarthy said. "In building a coaching staff, one of my goals was to concentrate on character and chemistry, and Mike is someone who has seen and heard just about everything there is to experience in this sport. His counsel and coaching will be an important part of any success we share together."

At the professional level, Stock has coached 16 years in the NFL and one campaign in the USFL. He helped the Bengals to a Super Bowl during six seasons in Cincinnati, first as special teams coach (1986-88) and later as wide receivers coach (1989-90) and tight ends coach (1991).

Marty Schottenheimer brought him to Kansas City to coach special teams (1995-2000), a role in which he first worked with McCarthy, then the Chiefs' quarterbacks coach. After the 1997 season, when the Chiefs finished second overall in the Dallas Morning News rankings, Stock earned Special Teams Coach of the Year honors in a vote of his peers. From 2001-03, he presided over the Washington Redskins' special teams before heading to St. Louis. The Rams were ranked last in the Dallas Morning News rankings in 2004 and Stock was fired by then-head coach Mike Martz.

Two decades earlier, in 1983, he coached the offensive backfield of the New Jersey Generals, a franchise that featured the USFL's leading rusher, rookie Herschel Walker.

After the USFL's 1983 spring season, Stock rejoined Notre Dame as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, continuing a college coaching tenure that includes stops at seven institutions and 24 years in all. That tenure began at his alma mater, Northwestern, where Ara Parseghian gave him his first coaching job as a graduate assistant in 1961. From there, Stock coached the freshman team at the University of Buffalo (1966-67), wide receivers/offensive backfield at Navy (1968), and the freshmen (1969) and wide receivers (1970-74) in his first stint at Notre Dame.

This marks Stock's second coaching position in Wisconsin. He served as the University of Wisconsin's offensive coordinator from 1975-77, then advanced to Eastern Michigan as head coach (1978-82) before returning to Notre Dame as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator (1983), special teams coach (1984) and recruiting coordinator (1985). He closed his distinguished college coaching career at Ohio State, where he tutored wide receivers from 1992-94.

A former fullback for Parseghian at Northwestern, Stock led the Wildcats in rushing from 1959-60. After returning from the U.S. Army in 1965, Stock spent one year as an assistant at Akron (Ohio) Central High School before restarting his college career in 1966. He is a native of Barberton, Ohio.

Moss reunites with McCarthy
Moss, 40, joins the Packers from the New Orleans Saints, where he spent five full seasons (2001-05) as linebackers coach. Near the end of the 2000 season, McCarthy's first with the Saints, the club promoted Moss from defensive assistant/quality control to replace linebackers coach John Bunting, who left to become head coach at North Carolina.

"I can't tell you how excited I am to add a Winston Moss to our first staff in Green Bay," McCarthy said. "We now have on board an up-and-coming leader who I know will go a long way in this profession. He was highly sought after as an assistant coach by several teams."

Using the same philosophies he used during an 11-year career as an NFL linebacker, the imposing Moss now has seven years experience as a coach in the league. He began coaching in 1998 as a defensive quality control assistant in Seattle, where he had played his final season.

A veteran of 155 NFL games (146 starts), Moss played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987-90) and the Los Angeles Raiders (1991-94), in addition to the Seahawks (1995-97). Tampa Bay's second-round selection in the 1987 draft, Moss recorded 768 tackles, 20.5 sacks and five interceptions during his distinguished career. In 1993, when he led the Raiders in tackles on a team that advanced to the AFC Divisional playoffs, he earned the Ed Block Courage Award from his teammates. Moss also was a three-time defensive captain and received the 1996 NFL Players Association Unsung Hero Award.

Moss played collegiately at the University of Miami (Fla.), where he and current Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith helped the Hurricanes to the national championship to close the 1983 season.

Strength and conditioning coaches set
Like Moss, Gullickson also reunites with McCarthy in Green Bay. Gullickson, 50, has 28 years experience in a coaching career that started in 1978 at his alma mater, Moorhead (Minn.) State. From there, the veteran instructor advanced to Mayville (N.D.) State (1979-80), South Dakota State (1981), Montana State (1982-89), Rutgers (1990-92), Texas (1993-97) and Louisville (1998-99). In 2000, the year McCarthy joined the Saints as offensive coordinator, Gullickson accepted his first NFL post as strength and conditioning coach in New Orleans, where he spent the past six seasons (2000-05).

Gullickson will work with assistants Mark Lovat and Brandon Johnson.

"Our players are the organization's most important investment," McCarthy said. "They already have some of the finest resources and traditions in all of sports, but they also need people to equal those standards. Rock is without a doubt one of those people. He's the best person for this job, and I consider this position as important as any on my staff. I've seen first-hand what he can do with professional athletes. Our players will be impressed."

An offensive guard at Moorhead (1974-77), Gullickson as a senior earned Associated Press All-America honors for the Division III school.

Widely respected in his field, he earned the 2000 President's Award, voted by his peers in the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society.

Lovat, 36, spent the previous seven seasons as Green Bay's strength and conditioning assistant. In that behind-the-scenes role, Lovat not only helped keep the Packers in prime condition, he also played an important part in rehabilitating several injured players, most notably helping starting tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher return from season-ending 2002 injuries. Before becoming full-time, Lovat previously had served two summer internships (1994, 1998) in the club's weight room.

An accomplished athlete himself, Lovat earned a Division I baseball scholarship to Butler University in Indianapolis, starting three seasons at shortstop and second base for the Bulldogs.

The son of former Green Bay offensive line coach Tom Lovat (1980, 1992-98), Mark earlier had graduated from Carmel (Ind.) High School, where he was a member of a state championship football team (1986) and captain of the baseball team (1988).

Like Lovat, Johnson had served as a summer intern in the Packers weight room, working in Green Bay last year. He rejoins the Packers from Purdue University, where he was in his second year as a graduate assistant strength coach. Before graduation, Johnson as an intern had helped Boilermaker athletes improve their strength and agility. He assisted with the football, baseball, track and wrestling teams, and oversaw the school's softball and men's golf squads.

Kyle Orton's teammate at Purdue, Johnson played defensive tackle from 2001-02. He is currently working on a master's degree.

Packer Report Top Stories