A Promotion for O'Brien

Panthers Head Coach John Fox announced the completion of his coaching staff Wednesday with the promotion of special teams coach Scott O'Brien to assistant head coach and the addition of Sal Sunseri as quality control coach for the defense.

"Scott O'Brien has earned this position by establishing himself as one of the top special teams coaches in the National Football League," says Fox. "He is an enthusiastic, tireless worker who gets the best out of his players year in and year out."

O'Brien's special teams units have annually ranked among the league's best in coverage and returns in both kickoffs and punts. Last year, the Panthers sent two special team members, returner Steve Smith and punter Todd Sauerbrun, to the Pro Bowl despite winning just one game.

Sunseri comes to the Panthers from Michigan State, where he served as the Spartans linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Prior to his tenure at Michigan State he spent the 2000 season in the same capacity at LSU.

Sunseri began his coaching career at his alma mater of Pittsburgh in 1985 following a three-year career as a player that began as a walk-on and culminated with the MVP award in the 1982 Senior Bowl. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Pittsburgh in 1982.

Fox also said that Mike McCoy would be retained as quality control coach on offense and Alvin Reynolds would remain a defensive assistant. The Panthers coaching staff includes five new coaches.

Joining the staff are offensive coordinator Dan Henning and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio along with defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, secondary coach Rod Perry, and running backs coach Jim Skipper.

Returning to the staff are wide receivers coach Richard Williamson, who served as offensive coordinator last season, offensive line coach Paul Boudreau, whose unit set a team single season record for fewest sacks allowed with 31, tight ends coach Don Breaux, linebackers coach Sam Mills, strength and conditioning coach Jerry Simmons, and assistant strength and special teams assistant Darrin Simmons in addition to McCoy and Reynolds.


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