The Carolina Panthers have named Jim Skipper running backs. A veteran of 28 coaching seasons, including 15 in the NFL, Skipper comes to Carolina after spending four years with the New York Giants and 2001 as the head coach of the San Francisco Demons of the XFL.
"I am happy that we have added Jim to our staff and I am looking forward to working with him again," said Fox who coached with Skipper at the Giants for four years. "He has proven in the past that he can coach players with different running styles and get positive results having helped three players reach the Pro Bowl.
In 2001, Skipper led the Demons to a 5-5 record and a playoff berth, advancing to the XFL championship game.
Prior to his time in the XFL, he spent four seasons (1997-00) as the running backs coach for the New York Giants. Under Skipper's tutelage in 1998, Gary Brown finished seventh in the NFC with a career-high 1,063 yards to become the first Giants running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau since Rodney Hampton in 1995. The club finished the 1997 season, Skipper's first with the team, seventh in the NFL in rushing with an average of 124.3 yards per game.
Skipper joined the Giants after spending the 1996 season as the Arizona Cardinals running backs coach. He served in the same capacity for the New Orleans Saints for 10 seasons (1986-95). Skipper has guided some stellar pupils during his tenure in the NFL. While in Arizona, he coached Pro Bowl fullback Larry Centers in 1996. In his decade with the Saints, Skipper tutored two Pro Bowlers, Dalton Hilliard and Reuben Mayes.
Skipper's coaching career began with a one-year stint at the high school level in 1973 before stops at Cal Poly-Pomona (1974-76) and San Jose State (1977-78) as defensive backs coach. He switched to the offensive side of the ball as running backs coach at Pacific in 1979 and then coached the running backs at Oregon from 1980-82. Skipper entered the professional coaching ranks with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars from 1983-85.