Tomlin rounds out coaching staff

Bruce Arians was officially named the Steelers' offensive coordinator today, and Ray Horton's promotion was announced. Coach Mike Tomlin also added his WR, RB and OL coaches.

The Steelers announced today that the team has promoted two coaches and made several additions to its coaching staff, effective immediately.

The Steelers announced that Bruce Arians has been promoted to offensive coordinator after spending the past three seasons (2004-06) coaching the team's receivers. Arians, who has been coaching in the NFL or at the collegiate level since 1975, was previously an offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2001-03), Alabama (1997) and Mississippi State (1993-95). He was the head coach at Temple from 1983-88.

The team announced another promotion within their current coaching staff when they named Ray Horton defensive backs coach. Horton had spent the past three seasons (2004-06) as the Steelers' assistant defensive backs coach. Prior to joining the Steelers, Horton was the defensive backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-01) and Detroit Lions (2002-03).

Six new coaches have joined the Steelers' staff including Ken Anderson (quarterbacks), Randy Fichtner (wide receivers), Bob Ligashesky (special teams), Kirby Wilson (running backs), Larry Zierlein (offensive line) and Amos Jones (assistant special teams).

Anderson, 57, enjoyed a 16-year playing career at quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals (1971-86). He joined Cincinnati's coaching staff in 1993 and spent 10 seasons as the team's quarterbacks coach (1993-95, 2001-02) and offensive coordinator (1996-00). Anderson joined the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff in 2003, where he coached the team's quarterbacks for four seasons (2003-06) and also coached wide receivers in 2004.

Fichtner, 43, spent the last six seasons (2001-06) as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the Memphis, where he had also previously coached from 1990-93. Prior to joining Memphis for the second time, Fichtner was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State (1997-00) and the wide receivers coach at his alma mater Purdue (1994-96). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Purdue (1985-86) and Michigan (1986-87), before joining Southern California as a volunteer coach in 1988. In 1989, Fichtner earned his first full-time coaching position when he coached tight ends at UNLV.

Ligashesky (lig-a-SHES-kee), 44, is a Pittsburgh native who is entering his 23rd season as a coach and his fourth in the NFL. He was the St. Louis Rams' special teams coach from 2005-06 after entering the NFL in 2004 as assistant special teams coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ligashesky spent 19 years coaching collegiately, most recently at Pitt, where he was the tight ends/special teams coordinator (2000-03). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest (1986) and Arizona State (1986-88). Ligashesky then coached linebackers/special teams at Kent State (1989-90) and Bowling Green (1991-98) before also assuming the role of assistant head coach at Bowling Green in 1999.

Wilson, 45, joins the Steelers with 19 years of coaching experience on the college and pro levels. He has coached running backs for the Arizona Cardinals (2004-06), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03), Washington Redskins (2000) and New England Patriots (1997-99). Wilson began his coaching career in 1985 at Pasadena College where he coached wide receivers, and has also coached at Los Angeles Southwest College (1989-90, quarterbacks/wide receivers), Southern Illinois (1991-92, linebackers/passing game coordinator), Wyoming (1993-94, secondary), Iowa State (1995-96, running backs) and Southern California (2001, wide receivers).

Zierlein (ZEER-line), 61, spent 2006 as offensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills after holding the same position with the Cleveland Browns from 2001-04. He has also coached offensive lines on the collegiate level at Cincinnati (1997-00), Tulane (1988-90, ‘95-96), Louisiana State (1993-94) and Houston (1978-86). From 1997-92 he was the offensive coordinator/line coach for the N.Y./N.J. Knights of the World League of American Football (WLAF), and an assistant coach with the Washington Commandos of the Arena League in 1987.

Jones, 47, most recently coached special teams/outside linebackers at Mississippi State (2004-06). Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Jones coached tight ends/special teams at James Madison (2003) and running backs/special teams at Cincinnati (1999-02). Jones began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Alabama from 1981-82, and returned to the Crimson Tide to coach special teams from 1990-91. He also coached tight ends (1983-85) and defensive line (1986-88) at Temple, was the kicking game coordinator at Pitt (1992) and coached linebackers at Tulane (1995-96). Jones spent 1997 coaching with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and has also worked in the high school ranks in Alabama (1989), Florida (1993-94) and Louisiana (1998).

The remainder of the Steelers coaching staff will continue to work in their previous capacities, including defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, defensive line coach John Mitchell, linebackers coach Keith Butler, tight ends coach James Daniel, defensive assistant Lou Spanos and offensive assistant Matt Raich.


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