- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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As expected, new Minnesota coach Jerry Kill completed new staff with a familiar face.
Kill has hired Jay Sawvel as the team's defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator. Sawvel has served as an assistant for Kill for the last 10 years at both Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois.
“Jay is an outstanding coach and a tremendous recruiter,” Kill said in a statement. “He’s a relentless guy. He’s been with me a long time and that’s important.”
Kill also announced several other staff additions Thursday, including Eric Klein as strength and conditioning coach. Klein has worked under Kill for the last 17 years.
Sawvel is the seventh assistant Kill brought over from Northern Illinois.
Kill links much of his success to his core group of assistants, so it's no surprise that many of the aides are joining him in Minneapolis.