Many fans were excited over the hiring of head coach Lovie Smith, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still had plenty of work to do after hiring Smith to build up a full staff of coaches to help get the most out of the Bucs’ talented roster.
On Thursday, the team announced quite a few of the men who will help Smith lead his team in 2014 and beyond.
- Marcus Arroyo, Quarterbacks Coach
- Joe Cullen, Defensive Line Coach
- Andrew Hayes-Stoker, Wide Receivers Coach
- Dave Kennedy, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Larry Marmie, Senior Defensive Assistant
- Hardy Nickerson, Linebackers Coach
- Kevin O’Dea, Special Teams Coordinator
- Mikal Smith, Safeties Coach
- Tim Spencer, Running Backs Coach
- Ben Steele, Offensive Quality Control
- Matt Wiegand, Asst. Offensive Line Coach
A few of these coaches have already been mentioned, so just click on their names to head to individual articles about their histories.
Here is some background on the other coaches the Buccaneers have hired.
Hayes-Stoker was an assistant wide receivers coach for Smith before heading to FIU to coach running backs. He was an Academic All American at TCU and a two-time captain despite not playing often.
Kennedy is a long-time college Strength Coach who worked at some of the best FBS programs in the nation, including Texas A&M and Ohio State.
Marmie coached Lovie Smith at Tulsa, and is a veteran coach who will serve as an assistant and advisor to the defensive staff with his wealth of experience.
Mikal Smith is Lovie Smith’s son, and was a coach with his father in Chicago for three years before both were let go in favor of Marc Trestman’s staff. He was a defensive backs coach under Monte Kiffin in Dallas in 2013.
Steele is a former assistant for Jeff Tedford who follows his boss to his new NFL gig.
And finally, Weigand is another former Tedford assistant who will likely work under Tony Sparano, who is a reported addition to the coaching staff that has yet to be confirmed.
There are still roles left to be filled, but the staff is rounding out nicely. There are coaches with all sorts of experience levels, but a common thread among them is a connection to either Lovie Smith or Jeff Tedford (in most cases).
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