Colletto to coach O-Line

Jim Colletto, who has 11 years of head coaching experience at the major college level, has joined the Oakland Raiders coaching staff.

Colletto, who will coach the offensive line for the Raiders, replaces Aaron Kromer and has 38 years of combined experience coaching in college and the NFL. The Raiders let Kromer and John Morton go last week. The San Francisco native, who attended high school in Monterey, spent six years as head coach at Purdue and five years as head coach at Cal State-Fullerton. For the past six seasons, Colletto has coached the offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens.

Colletto's offensive line corps helped Baltimore capture the NFL rushing title in 2003 with 2,669 yards (nearly 170 yards per game) and enabled running back Jamal Lewis to record the second-best rushing total in NFL history (2,066) and become the fifth running back in league annals to run for over 2,000 yards.

During his stay in Baltimore, Colletto coached an offensive line that saw the Ravens break the team rushing record twice, first in 2000 when they went on to win Super Bowl XXXV and again in 2003. Colletto has assisted in the development of Jonathon Ogden, who was selected to his eighth straight Pro Bowl. He also worked with offensive lines that, due to injuries, were forced to make numerous personnel adjustments yet produced nonetheless.

"Jim brings an attitude and mentality about the run game that will help us," Raiders head coach Norv Turner said in a statement released by the team. "What Jim has done in Baltimore speaks for itself as he's helped the Ravens produce one of the top running attacks in the NFL. With his experience and background, Jim will be great addition."

Colletto was head coach at Purdue from 1991-96 and at Cal State-Fullerton from 1975-79. He spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame (1997-98), and served in the same capacity at Ohio State (1988-90), Arizona State (1985-87) and Purdue (1982-84). He served stints as offensive line coach at UCLA, his alma mater (1976-68 and 1980-81), Brown (1969), Xavier of Ohio (1970-71) and Pacific (1972-74).

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