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University of Alabama head
coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday that Kevin Steele, who was previously the
Director of Player Personnel at UA, will make the transition to linebackers
coach and will also serve as special assistant to the head coach. Steele, who
also spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons on Saban's staff at Alabama, helped the
Crimson Tide put together the nation's top-ranked 2014 recruiting class.
"I've known Kevin for a long time and he will do an
excellent job for us in this role," said Saban. "Kevin is very familiar with
our program from an organizational standpoint as well as our defense from
coaching here previously so he'll be able to jump right in and not miss a beat.
He possesses outstanding organizational skills along with great people skills
which make him an excellent coach, teacher and recruiter."
Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will move back and
coach the secondary and Steele will coach the inside linebackers as they both
did in 2007-08. The 2008 Alabama defense was second nationally in rush defense,
allowing just 74.1 yards per game. That unit was third in total defense (263.5
ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (14.3 ppg) as the Crimson Tide went 12-2
and earned a BCS bowl bid.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back into an on
the field coaching role and I want to thank Coach Saban and the University of
Alabama for all they have done for me and my family through the years," said
Steele. "I've been lucky enough to work with probably three of the best to ever
coach the game from Coach Osborne to Coach Bowden to Coach Saban, so there is a
great appreciation that comes when you have a special opportunity like
Steele spent three years (2009-11) as the defensive
coordinator at Clemson. The Tigers won the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference
Championship, which was their first league title since 1991. The 2010 defense
led the ACC and ranked 13th nationally in points allowed, surrendering
18.8 points per game. Clemson claimed the Atlantic Division Championship in
Prior to Clemson and Alabama, Steele worked at Florida
State under head coach Bobby Bowden for four seasons (2003-06). He was named
the Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year in 2005 at FSU after helping the
Seminoles sign the top class in the country. Steele came to Florida State after
serving as the head coach at Baylor University from 1999-2002.
Steele coached linebackers for the Carolina Panthers in
the NFL from 1995-98 before taking the head job at Baylor. He has held
assistant coaching jobs at Nebraska under Tom Osborne (1989-94), Tennessee
(1987-88), Oklahoma State (1984-86) and New Mexico State (1983).
The Dillon, S.C., native is a 1981 graduate of the
University of Tennessee. He spent his freshman year at Furman before
transferring to Tennessee, where he was a member of Johnny Majors' 1978 and
1979 squads. He was a student assistant coach in 1980 and then a graduate
assistant the following year (1981) before being promoted to outside
linebackers coach in 1982.
Steele and his wife, Linda, have one son (Gordon) and one
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