Saturday, February 23, 2013
Kiffin adds three coaches to staff
By ESPN Los Angeles
USC coach Lane Kiffin added three coaches to his staff, he announced Saturday. Here is part of the school's news release:
LOS ANGELES -- Coaching veterans Mike Summers, Tommie Robinson and Mike Ekeler have been hired as assistant coaches at USC, Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin announced today.
Summers will be the running game coordinator and offensive line coach, Robinson will be the passing game coordinator and running backs coach, and Ekeler will be the linebackers coach.
"I am excited to have completed the reconstruction of our staff," said Kiffin. "It was a very exhaustive and thorough process. Mike Summers, Tommie Robinson and Mike Ekeler bring extensive coaching backgrounds to the Trojan program. They all are looking forward to start working with our players immediately.
"Mike Summers has been an integral part of many high-powered offenses, including one that led the nation in scoring and total offense and others that ranked very high in the various offensive categories. I was particularly impressed by how highly regarded he is by fellow coaches and by the players he has coached.
"Tommie Robinson is a veteran who not only is an effective coach and teacher, but he is known for developing great relationships with his running backs. I know he will do that here and hold our players accountable on and off the field.
"I have followed Mike Ekeler's career and have been very impressed with what he has accomplished on and off the field. He has been on staffs that produced Top 10 defenses, including leading the country in scoring defense. The fact that he is the only player that Bill Snyder ever personally appointed as a team captain at Kansas State speaks to who Mike is and what he is all about. He will bring intensity, energy and command to our linebacker group. He also is a proven recruiter on the national level.”"
Additionally, Kiffin announced that James Cregg will remain as offensive line coach, while associate head coach/special teams coordinator John Baxter will add the tight ends to his coaching duties and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will add the offensive coordinator role.
For more background on the coaches, the full release can be found at this link.