- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have four new members of their coaching staff and five existing coaches with new or expanded roles.
Zook, the former Florida and Illinois head coach, will serve as the assistant special teams coach, while Gash will coach running backs.
Getsy will serve as offensive quality control coach, while Gizzi will be a strength and conditioning assistant.
Also, returning assistant coaches Winston Moss (assistant head coach/linebackers coach), Alex Van Pelt (quarterbacks coach), Scott McCurley (assistant linebackers coach), Jason Simmons (defensive/special teams assistant) and John Rushing (defensive quality control coach) all have new duties.
Including special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum, who is returning for his sixth season, the Packers will now have three coaches working directly with special teams. Previously they had two -- Slocum and Chad Morton, who was not retained.
“The offseason is progressing with the finalization of adjustments and additions to our coaching staff,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement announcing the changes. “Every day and every decision has the focus on bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay. The evaluation process will continue with a vision to change, adjust or emphasize any aspect of our program to help us reach the attainable goal of another Super Bowl championship.”
Here’s a breakdown of their new coaches and the old ones with new duties:
Sam Gash, running backs coach: Coached running backs with the Detroit Lions from 2008-12. Replaces Van Pelt, who was promoted to quarterbacks coach after two seasons. Played 12 years in the NFL as a fullback with the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens.
Ron Zook, assistant special teams coach: Returns to the NFL after spending the past two seasons out of coaching. Previously coached special teams for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98). Also worked with McCarthy in New Orleans, where he was the Saints defensive coordinator (2000-01) and McCarthy was the offensive coordinator.
Luke Getsy, offensive quality control coach: A former college quarterback at Akron (2005-06). Previously the receivers coach at Western Michigan.
Chris Gizzi, strength and conditioning assistant: Played for the Packers in 2000 and 2001 and is perhaps best remembered for leading the Packers out of the tunnel carrying an American Flag in their first game following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Spent last offseason as an intern with the Packers before working as a strength and conditioning assistant at the University of North Carolina last season.
Winston Moss, assistant head coach/linebackers: Previously held the same title while coaching inside linebackers. Will add outside linebackers to his duties, inheriting that role from Kevin Greene after he resigned last month.
Scott McCurley, assistant linebackers coach: Has been with the Packers since 2007, including the last five as a defensive quality control coach. Will assist Moss will all linebackers.
John Rushing, defensive quality control: Served as an offensive and special teams assistant the past two seasons after spending two seasons as the offensive quality control coach.
Jason Simmons, defensive/special teams assistant: Served as a coaching administrator for the past three seasons.
Alex Van Pelt, quarterbacks coach: Replaced Ben McAdoo, who became the New York Giants offensive coordinator. Previously coached the Packers running backs for two seasons. Former NFL quarterback, served as a quarterbacks coach with the Bills (2008-09) and Buccaneers (2010-11).
Remaining in their current roles on the coaching staff are: Tom Clements (offensive coordinator), Dom Capers (defensive coordinator), Mark Lovat (strength and conditioning coordinator), Shawn Slocum (special teams coordinator), Edgar Bennett (receivers), James Campen (offensive line), Jerry Fotenot (tight ends), Joel Hilgenberg (assistant offensive line), Darren Perry (safeties), Mike Trgovac (defensive line), Joe Whitt Jr. (cornerbacks) and Thadeus Jackson (strength and conditioning assistant).