The identities of the new Alabama assistant coaches have been some of the worst kept secrets around, but Saban finally released the official names and titles.
The Crimson Tide announced its seven assistant coach hires and also confirmed the promotion of Pete Golding to defensive coordinator.
Only three assistant coaches are back from last year’s staff and only one — Jeff Banks — will have the same role as last season.
The full list is at the link, but it’s about what we expected. A couple of notes:
- Steve Sarkisian will indeed have the dual roles of QB coach and offensive coordinator
- Former Mississippi State duo Charles Huff and Brian Baker each get an associate head coach title to go with their respective RB and DL duties
- Charles Kelly gets an associate defensive coordinator title. He will coach safeties while Karl Scott focuses on CBs
- Sal Sunseri will take the OLBs while Golding takes the ILBs in addition to his playcalling duties
There is a ton of experience on this staff, especially backing Golding on the defensive side of the ball. Both Sunseri and Kelly have experience calling plays on that side, so there will be no shortage of soundboards for him.
On offense, the Sarkisian hire is probably the greatest lightning rod of the offseason thanks to his departure shortly after the loss to Clemson in January 2017. Saban clearly wanted him to stick around at the time and has spoken glowingly about his abilities as an offensive coach. Sarkisian is someone the head man knows and trusts to put his kind of offense on the field, and now we will get to see the results with the best returning talent on that side of the ball in school history.
Next stop, spring. Your thoughts on the hires?