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January 9, 2014 @ 5:22 pm
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Bucs Name 11 More Assistant Coaches

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Lovie Smith's coaching roster is filling up quickly and the Buccaneers officially announced the hiring of 11 more assistants to go along with offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
The Buccaneers officially announced a list of coaches on Thursday that will join Lovie Smith roaming the sidelines for Tampa Bay in 2014.Tampa Bay had previously  announced the hiring of Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator and Leslie Frazier to run the defense. Tony Sparano is also expected to join the Buccaneers as the team's offensive line coach.
 
Marcus Arroyo – Quarterbacks
Arroyo joins the Buccaneers with 10 years of coaching experience, most recently having spent the 2013 season as the offensive coordinator/outside receivers coach at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to his time with the Golden Eagles, Arroyo worked two seasons under current Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford at the University of California, first as quarterbacks coach in 2011 followed by a promotion to pass game coordinator in 2012.
 
Prior to joining Cal, Arroyo served for two seasons at the University of Wyoming as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. Arroyo began his collegiate coaching career in 2003, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at his alma mater for one year. In 2004, he was the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M, followed by four seasons at his alma mater, San Jose State, as an offensive graduate assistant in 2005, quarterbacks coach in 2006 and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach from 2007-08.
 
Arroyo played quarterback at San Jose State in 1998 and from 2000-02. He finished his career among the Spartans' all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 9, 4,603), total offense yards (No. 9, 4,525) and passing efficiency (No. 10, 115.6).
 
Joe Cullen – Defensive Line
Cullen spent the 2013 season as the defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns where his unit played a key role in leading the team to a top-10 total defensive ranking. His previous NFL experience includes stops as a defensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2010-12) and Detroit Lions (2006-08), where he coached a Lions pass rush that finished in the top 10 in 2007 and 2008.
 

The former three-time all-conference nose guard at Massachusetts also spent over 16 years coaching on the collegiate level with stops at Idaho State (2009), Illinois (2005), Indiana (2002-04), Memphis (2001), Louisiana State (1999), Richmond (1992-98; 2000) and Massachusetts (1990-91).
 
Andrew Hayes-Stoker – Wide Receivers
Hayes-Stoker worked under Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith in Chicago from 2006-12, first as the team’s football operations and offensive assistant from 2006-09, overseeing football and business related duties, and then spending three seasons from 2010-12 as an assistant wide receivers coach, aiding Bears receivers in all capacities, while assisting the offensive coordinator with unit meetings and planning. He comes to Tampa Bay following a 2013 season spent tutoring running backs at Florida International University.
 
Before breaking into the coaching ranks in 2005 as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, Hayes-Stoker served as a recruiter at his alma mater, Texas Christian University, from 2004-05. As a Horned Frog, Hayes-Stoker was a two-time captain and earned multiple selections to conference academic teams in addition to All-American scholar honors.
 
Dave Kennedy – Strength and Conditioning
Kennedy joins the Buccaneers after six seasons with Texas A&M (2008-13). Before joining A&M, Kennedy spent four seasons with Nebraska (2004-07), the same school where he got his starts as a student assistant in 1982. He graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in strength coaching and worked as an assistant for the Cornhuskers from 1986-88.
 
Prior to the 1989 season, Kennedy was hired by Ohio State, working there until 2001. During his 13 seasons with the Buckeyes, he worked with many notable players, including 17 first round NFL Draft selections. Before the 1993 Holiday Bowl, Kennedy received Ohio State’s Admiral’s Trophy, which is voted on by the players and given to the person whose dedication, hard work and spirit most inspired the team. Kennedy also spent two seasons at Pittsburgh (2002-03).
 
Larry Marmie – Defensive Assistant
Marmie has more than four decades of coaching experience, including 13 seasons in the NFL ranks, spending three seasons with Seattle (2006-08), two seasons with St. Louis (2004-05) and eight seasons with Arizona (1996-03). Most recently, Marmie worked as the defensive backs coach for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (2009-12).
 
Before joining the professional ranks, Marmie spent 28 seasons coaching at the collegiate level, beginning at Morehead State (1968-71), before moving on to Eastern Kentucky (1972-76), Tulsa (1977-78), North Carolina (1979-82), Tennessee (1983-84; 1992-94), Arizona State (1985-87, defensive coordinator; 1988-91, head coach) and UCLA (1995). Marmie played quarterback at Eastern Kentucky (1962-65).
 
Hardy Nickerson – Linebackers
Nickerson previously worked with Head Coach Lovie Smith in Chicago (2007) as the Bears linebackers coach, helping linebacker Lance Briggs make the Pro Bowl that season.
 
During his 16-year career, Nickerson played for the Steelers (1987-92), Buccaneers (1993-99), Jaguars (2000-01) and Packers (2002), and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade team. During Nickerson’s seven seasons in Tampa Bay he was chosen as the NFLPA Linebacker of the Year and earned two AP first-team All-Pro honors
 
Nickerson spent four seasons (1996-99) playing under then-Buccaneers linebackers coach, Lovie Smith, earning a Pro Bowl berth in all four seasons, averaging 137 tackles per season, while adding eight forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and four interceptions. In 1997 Nickerson was also chosen as the recipient of the NFL’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award, given annually to one NFL player who exhibits excellence both on the field and in the community.  Nickerson was a three-time team MVP at the University of California (1983-86).
 
Kevin O’Dea – Special Teams
O’Dea enters his 20th NFL season, previously having coached with the San Diego Chargers (1994-95), Tampa Bay (1996-2001), Detroit Lions (2002-03), Arizona Cardinals (2004-05), Chicago Bears (2006-07; 2011-12), New York Jets (2008-09) and Kansas City Chiefs (2013). O’Dea has also coached in the UFL (Hartford Colonials, 2010) and in the collegiate ranks.
 
Prior to joining the NFL, O’Dea spent eight years as a collegiate coach. He began his coaching career at his alma mater of Lock Haven University, where, when his playing career was cut short, he coached wide receivers (1986). Following his time with Lock Haven, O’Dea spent one season coaching freshman defensive backs at Cornell (1987) before working as a graduate assistant at Virginia (1989-90) and Penn State (1991), before being promoted to assistant strength and conditioning/defensive line/linebackers coach (1992-93). A native of Williamsport, Pa., O’Dea spent four years in the Coast Guard (1979-83) before enrolling in Lock Haven.
 
Mikal Smith – Safeties
Smith joins the Buccaneers after spending one season as the nickelback coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to his time in Dallas, Smith spent three seasons working for the Chicago Bears, first as defensive quality control (2010-11), before being promoted to defensive assistant/nickelback coach (2012).
 
Before joining the Bears, Smith was an assistant coach at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Ill.), for two seasons (2006-07), first as the defensive backs coach, before adding the duties of special teams coordinator in 2007.
 
Tim Spencer – Running Backs
Spencer served as running backs coach for the Chicago Bears for nine seasons (2004-12), coaching under Smith during Smith’s tenure in the NFC North. Spencer had great success tutoring Chicago’s ball carriers, with individual players recording 1,000-yard rushing seasons on five different occasions (Matt Forté – 2008, 2010, 2012; Thomas Jones – 2005-06), and the team surpassing the 2,000-yard rushing mark twice (2005, 2011), marking the only two times such a feat has been accomplished in Bears history, and coming less than 100 yards shy of that mark in 2006.
 
Spencer began his coaching career at Ohio State University, where he tutored running backs from 1994-2003. With the Buckeyes, Spencer coached Eddie George during George’s Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1995 and during the team’s national championship season in 2002.
 
A Buckeye running back himself, Spencer played for OSU from 1979-1982, leading the team in rushing during his final two seasons and closing his career with 3,553 yards on the ground and serving as a senior co-captain and team MVP. Spencer was the second-overall pick in the 1983 USFL draft, where he played one year each for Chicago (1983), Arizona (1984), and Memphis (1985), before playing for the San Diego Chargers (1985-90), where he was a four-year starter at fullback.
 
Ben Steele – Offensive Quality Control
Steele will serve the Buccaneers as offensive quality control coach and joins the team following a season as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for UC-Davis. Prior to his time with the Aggies, Steele spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of California as an administrative assistant for Cal’s offensive staff. He also worked two years with the University of Colorado as an operations and recruiting assistant (2009) and graduate assistant (2010), as well as spending a year at his alma mater, Mesa State, as an offensive assistant coach (2008).
 
Steele played professionally from 2001-07 with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. He joined the NFL following two seasons at Mesa State where he was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honoree.
 
Matt Wiegand – Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Wiegand joins the Buccaneers’ coaching staff as assistant offensive line coach following the 2013 season at UC-Davis, where he served as offensive line coach. Prior to that, he spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of California as a graduate assistant, assisting tight ends and two seasons (2009-10) at the University of Utah, where he assisted the offensive line for two bowl teams.
 
Wiegand played on the offensive line at the University of La Verne, where he was named to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team in 2006. He and his wife, Brandy, married in 2009.

–Part of this report was provided by the Buccaneers Communications Department
 


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    On the positive side Hardy Nickerson will be great and Lovie is bringing in an excellent RB Coach and Special Teams Coach. I don't think the QB Coach will be any help when he never played QB in the NFL and the WR Coach never played WR in the Pros or College for that matter and just having assisted a real Pro WR Coach does not make him qualified to me. That is disappointing! The DL Coach will be an upgrade over the Coach Schiano had there but I would much rather have seen Sapp in that position. The DC--Frazier was a DB in the pros like Dungy was and I am counting on him to coach up the Defensive Backfield so I can live with Lovie's son on the payroll as long as he does not get in Frazier's way, but I don't think Dungy would have ever done that and I am sorry Lovie didn't have better judgment. I just hope the strength Coach is excellent because the lack of conditioning killed the Bucs in the fourth quarter in 2013. If Lovie can't find a great OL Coach with Sparano's defection, Lovie should hire back Bostad who was terrific his first year and knows his business and knows well these Bucs' OL players. I am afraid he was preoccupied last year trying to resurrect the career of his former Wisconsin Tackle that just did not have the strength required for an NFL Lineman, but maybe he can build up his strength in this offseason and hang on as a back up.
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    sparano staying in oakland
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    @ Uncle Stan: No, the fans complained that Schiano had too many CRAPPY coaches! The issue of the number of coaches wouldn't have even surfaced had Schiano won 10 or more games.
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    And fans claimed Schiano had too many coaches. Never heard of a safety or nickel back coach. I the safety coach just a way to pay Lovie's son?
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    I fine with all the selections except the WR coach. That's gong to be a very important position on this team in 2014 since V. Jackson and M. Williams weren't as productive and I'm sure we'll address the position early in the draft. This guy doesn't have much experience as the head WR coach.
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    By the way these guys change jobs and locations so frequently they must know how to break a lease. Only heard of a few of the coaches on Lovie's new staff but I didn't recognize a lot of the names on Dungy's outstanding group either.
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    I am still a huge Lovie Smith fan. To be fair, I may have spoke too soon until I found out what the position entails and what Lovie's sons qualifications are to do the job. Nepotism is a reality - all owners do it, some coaches do it. It is a bit of an over reaction on my part to suggest that is what is occurring here. I'll reserve my opinion until I learn more. However premature, it was an honest reaction driven by my desire to want so much for the Bucs to win and Lovie succeed. In general, I'm pleased with the Staff and impressed with the pace that it is coming together!
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    C'mon guys, this is not as bad as Schiano getting PLAYERS from Rutgers. Didn't know there was a safety coach, I thought that would fall under the DB's coach. Have to have some fat somewhere!
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    I seriously doubt Lovie would risk his reputation if he didn't feel his son was qualified, although Bobby Bowden did hiring Jeff as his OC. And we don't know yet the dynamics of the staff and the responsibilities the DBs coach may have with the entire secondary.
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    Who is coaching the receivers ? Who is the special teams coach? QB coach? May be the best ever? LIL suspect I would say, but Lovie Knows, Right ?
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    I am a huge Lovie Smith fan. Scott/Mark please tell me that Lovie did not commit a an overt act of nepotism when he named his son to Safeties coach, giving him the responsibility of teaching Goldson and Barron. I hope I’ve got this wrong, I’ve done it before. Please tell me that he did not just do that!
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    How come nothing was said about that being Lovie's son? Irrelevant?
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    Ok it is Lovie's son. Relevant or irrelevant, that was Lovie's choice.
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    That he is Lovie's son should be mentioned in the article. Just sayin'.
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    Is Sparano officially the O line coach?
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    C'mon suferdudes! Did you read the story lol? Nothing official yet. Signs still point that way and nothing makes us think he won't be joining the staff. Perhaps Oakland is re-thinking only offering him a one-year deal. Apparently that was the reason for the reported split. Even a two-year deal, you would think the situation in Tampa would be more stable than Oakland with Dennis Allen on thin ice somewhat.
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    Teams have nickelback coaches? Really!? To coach a guy or 2 that only play 30-40% of half the game?
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