In what has become essentially an annual event, Nick Saban essentially has to rebuild his staff from scratch each winter. (More on this next week.)
Alabama announced seven — SEVEN! — new assistants included in its 2019 staff. The new staff breaks down as follows:
Steve Sarkisian — Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks
Charles Huff — Associate head coach/running backs
Holmon Wiggins — Wide receivers
Kyle Flood — Offensive line
Jeff Banks — Tight ends/special teams coordinator*
Pete Golding — Defensive coordinator/inside linebackers*
Brian Baker — Associate head coach/defensive line
Charles Kelly — Associate defensive coordinator/safeties
Sal Sunseri — Outside linebackers
Karl Scott — Cornerbacks*
* – Holdover from 2018 staff
“We are excited to be able to assemble such a talented group of coaches to develop our players both on and off the field,” Saban said. “These coaches have a great mix of energy, enthusiasm and experience that will be a tremendous asset to our program. They are all excellent teachers of the game and fantastic recruiters who bring a wealth of experience to our staff.”
Sarkisian was the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons for the past two seasons, a job he took after serving as a 1-game coordinator for Alabama in the Tide’s 2017 CFP National Championship loss to Clemson. Huff was most recently the running backs coach at Mississippi State, while Wiggins was the wide receivers coach at Virginia Tech. Flood was the Falcons’ assistant offensive line coach under Sarkisian and is best known for his stint as the head coach at Rutgers.
Golding is in his second season on staff at UTSA and first as the Tide’s sole defensive coordinator. Kelly is best known for his 5-season run as the defensive coordinator at Florida State, while Sunseri was the defensive line coach at Florida in 2018. Baker spent the past three seasons as the defensive line coach at Mississippi State.
Scott, Banks and Golding are the longest-running members of Saban’s staff. The 2019 campaign will be all three coach’s second season at Alabama.
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