Seahawks announce personnel dept. promotions

The Seahawks announced the promotions of five men within the club's scouting department on Thursday. In terms of day to day decision-making, the hierarchy in Seattle remains the same with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider at the top but now, other deserving scouts will also earn more credit for their role in developing Seattle's highly talented roster.

Long-time employees Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner will assume the role of co-director of player personnel - a position which puts them in charge of "managing and strengthening all aspects of the Seahawks roster and directing both the college scouting department and pro personnel."

Fitterer had served as Seattle's director of collegiate scouting since 2011. Kirchner was the director of pro personnel the past two years.

Replacing Fitterer will be Matt Berry, who rose to prominence as the club's southwest regional scout since joining the club in 2008.

Dan Morgan's steady ascent in the scouting department continues as he'll take over Kircher's old role as the director of pro personnel after serving as his assistant the past two years. Morgan, of course, signed with Seattle as a scout after playing seven seasons at middle linebacker with the Carolina Panthers.

Ed Dodds was also promoted, moving on from national scouting position to taking over as the team's new senior personnel executive, a role that the club did not feature a year ago. Current Washington general manager Scot McCloughan last held this position for the Seahawks.

In terms of day to day decision-making, the hierarchy in Seattle remains the same with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider at the top. However, the in-house promotions for the long-time Seahawks' scouts is both a reflection of the fact that each has played a critical role in Seattle's developing one of the league's most talented rosters, as well as the interest other teams have shown in these hiring away these men. Fitterer and Kirchner, for example, were each considered as potential general manager candidates by the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago.

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