The Buccaneers will have a complete coaching staff when they coach the North team at the Senior Bowl next week in Mobile, Ala.
Tampa Bay filled its last coaching vacancy Friday, hiring former Seattle Seahawks special teams coach Bob Casullo as the new Bucs tight ends coach.
Casullo previously worked with Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen in Oakland. He served as Oakland’s special teams coach for four seasons (2000-03).
A seven-year coach in the NFL, Casullo spent two seasons with the Seahawks (2005-06) before accepting the tight ends coaching job in Tampa Bay.
That position was left vacant last week when the Bucs allowed Ron Middleton out of his contract so he could take a job with Alabama. Middleton’s wife is suffering from a serious medical condition and is scheduled to undergo tests and receive treatment at a local Alabama hospital.
Casullo’s only stint as a tight ends coach in the NFL came in 2004 when he served in that capacity with the New York Jets during the 2004 season.
Before he embarked on a coaching career in the NFL, Casullo spent 15 seasons in the college coaching ranks. In 1999, he served as a tight ends/special teams coach at Michigan State University. From 1995-98, Casullo coached special teams, defensive ends and running backs at Georgia Tech University. And from 1985-94, Casullo worked as the special teams, running backs and tight ends coach at Syracuse University.
The Bucs have made several changes to their coaching staff this offseason. In addition to Casullo replacing Middleton, the team hired Kansas State defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to replace defensive backs coach Greg Burns. Defensive quality control coach Gus Bradley was promoted to linebackers coach, where he replaces Joe Barry. On Thursday, the Bucs announced that they had hired former Denver defensive coordinator Larry Coyer to replace Jethro Franklin as the defensive line coach in Tampa Bay.