Thursday, February 23, 2012
Bucs complete defensive coaching staff
By Pat Yasinskas
We’ve heard most of the names and found out some of the roles, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just officially made the announcement of their defensive coaching staff.
Here it is:
- Bill Sheridan, defensive coordinator
- Ron Cooper, defensive backs coach
- Bryan Cox, front seven coach
- Bob Fraser, linebackers coach
- Jeff Hafley, assistant defensive backs coach
- Tem Lukabu, defensive quality control coach
- Randy Melvin, defensive line coach
Sheridan has been a linebackers coach in the NFL, and served as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009. Cooper has been with LSU the past three years, where he coached cornerback Morris Claiborne, who could be available to the Bucs with the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft.
Cox, a former NFL linebacker, has spent the past six years with the Jets, Browns and Dolphins. Cox worked with Sheridan when they were in Miami.
Fraser is following Schiano from Rutgers. Fraser worked as defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and linebackers coach for the past six years at Rutgers. Hafley and Lukabu also are coming from Rutgers. Hafley was defensive backs coach at Rutgers last season, and also coached the secondary at Pittsburgh and several small colleges before that. Lukabu spent the past two seasons coaching outside linebackers at Rutgers.
Melvin most recently coached in the Canadian Football League, but he also has a deep history at the NFL and college levels. Melvin coached with Bill Belichick in New England and Romeo Crennel in Cleveland. Melvin spent the 2010 season with Schiano at Rutgers, and was at Temple the previous year.
The Bucs haven’t officially announced their offensive staff yet, but we know Mike Sullivan is the coordinator, and the names of most of the other assistants have been reported at various times. The Bucs still are looking for a quarterbacks coach.
Also, Schiano announced at the scouting combine Thursday that Bob Ligasheski has been hired to coach special teams. Ligasheski previously has coached special teams in Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Denver and Oakland.