Cleveland Brown's Head Coach Freddie Kitchens announced today that the team has named Joe Whitt as a match coordinator / secondary coach, Al Holcomb as a racing game coordinator / linebackers coach, Chris Jones as senior defensive assistant, Tosh Lupoi as defensive line trainer, John Lilly as tight ends coach, John Parrella as assistant defensive line coach and Jeff Blasko as assistant offensive line coach. In addition, Adam Henry will remain broad receiving coach and DeWayne Walker will remain defensive backs coach.
Joe Whitt joins his 13th season in the NFL in 201
Whitt arrives at Browns after serving as the Packers Defense-Pass game coordinator in 2018. Prior to his promotion last season, Whitt was the team's secondary / cornerbacks coach from 2009-17. During that time, he trained Packers for a league-high 176 interceptions and a No. 9 ranking in the opponent's match rating (83.2). At the same point, Packers also ranked No. 7 in the opponent's skill level (59.8) and No. 7 in the touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.34). He also saw CB & # 39; is Tramon Williams (18) and Sam Shields (15) together for 33 interceptions from 2010-14, mostly in the league at that time between two teammates. Whitt helped Williams and Shields to earn Pro Bowl choices.
In 2009, Whitt trained veteran CB Charles Woodson for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press . Woodson earned three consecutive Pro Bowl nods during Whitt from 2009-11. Also in his time with Packers, Whitt was instrumental in the development of current Brown's DB Damarious Randall. A first round choice of Green Bay in 2015, Randall tied for the second among all NFL rookie with three interceptions. In 2012, he led CB Casey Hayward to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly / PFWA, who became the first Green Bay CB to earn a seat on the team. Hayward also became third to vote for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press .
In Whitt's first three seasons as cornerbacks coach, Packers NFL led intercepts twice (2009 and 2001) posted 85 total elections. It was most of the Packers over a three year period since 1943-45 (95) and most of an NFL team since the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers each published 86 from 1986-88.
Whitt came to Green Bay in 2008 as a defensive quality control coach after spending 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons as an assistant defensive backs coach. He broke into the NFL coaching series after a five-year stint in college football with The Citadel (2002) and Louisville (2003-07).
Whitt collectively played in Auburn as a walk-on broad receiver and eventually earned a scholarship. After several injuries, he switched to a student assistant trainer for his last two years of school and departure in 2001 with a degree in communication.
A native of Auburn, Ala., He and his wife, Ericka, have a son, Joseph Barrington, and two daughters Ava Jeneé and Zoë Jade.
This will mark Holcomb's 11th season coaching in the NFL and 25th as a coach. Holcomb has spent the last six seasons working with Brown's defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
Holcomb spent 2018 as Arizona's defensive coordinator after five (2013-17) seasons as Carolina's linebackers coach. Under his guidance, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis became one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL. Kuechly was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, was selected for five consecutive Pro Bowls and was first ranked All-Pro four times. He also led the NFL with 153 tackles in 2014. Davis made three consecutive Pro Bowls and was appointed first team All-Pro in 2015. He reached 100 tackle plateau in four out of five seasons under Holcomb. The couple were also well-off when Kuechly was selected as the 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner, while Davis was named the 2014 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. In 2015, he helped the Panthers to the Super Bowl 50.
Holcomb joined the Panthers in 2013 after four seasons (2009-12) with the New York Giants, where he worked as a defensive assistant (2009-10) and defensive quality control coach (2011-12). He helped the giants win the Super Bowl XLVI.
Holcomb participated in the NFL Minority Minicamp and Training Camp in 2007 with the New York Jets.
Before working in the NFL, Holcomb used 14 seasons as an assistant trainer at college level. He was the defensive line coach at Lafayette for three seasons (2006-08), guiding five different defensive linemen to All-Patriot League honors. He worked as a defensive coordinator and defensive back coach at Kutztown University (2004-05) in addition to being a temporary leader in the winter of 2005 after spending six years (1998-03) at Bloomsburg University as linebackers coach and special team coordinator.
He began his coaching career at Temple as a graduate assistant in 1995 who worked with the linebacks before serving as linebackers coach, assistant track coach and physical instructor at Colby College in 1997.
A native of Queens, NY , Holcomb graduated from West Virginia with a degree in Sports Management and earned a Masters Degree in Athletic Coaching in 1996. He and his wife, Toni, have a son, Alex.
Jones enters his first season in the NFL after 17 years in the Canadian soccer league coaching series, helping his team to four gray cup championships and was called the CFL coach of the year in 2018.
Jones comes to Brown's after three seasons like Saskatc Hewan Roughriders Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Main Features. Under his leadership, Roughriders improved from a five-winter season in 2016 to a 10-8 record in 2017 and a 12-6-count last year.
Before joining Roughriders, Jones spent two seasons (2014-15) as head coach in Edmonton Eskimos, who gathered a 26-10 record and captured the Gray Cup in 2015. He was the CFL Coach of the Year finalist in both his seasons at the helm.
Jones joined CFL in 2002 as a defensive line coach with Montreal Alouettes and spent six seasons with the team, including the last five as defensive coordinator. He joined the Calgary Stampeders in 2008 and spent four seasons with them before joining the Toronto Argonauts for the 2012 and 2013 season.
In his 17 seasons in CFL, Jones & # 39; missed only once and played in 13 division finals and seven gray cup games. He holds four Gray Cup rings (2002, 2008, 2012 and 2015).
Jones began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech University in 1995 and also spent time in Alabama (1997), UT Martin (1998) and Tennessee Tech (1999-01).
He is native to South Pittsburg, Tenn.
Lupoi has coached at collegiate level for the past 11 years, including the last five seasons in Alabama.
In Alabama, Lupoi joined the staff as a defensive analyst for the 2014 season and trained outside linebackers in 2015. He added the title as a co-defensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season and served as a defensive coordinator in 2018. During his time in Alabama , Crimson Tide qualified for College Football Playoffs all five seasons, advanced to the National Championship game four times and captured two national championships (2015 and 2017). During his time as coordinator, Alabama led the nation to score defenses in 2016 (13.0 ppg) and 2017 (11.9). The school also finished second in the nation in total defense in 2016 (260.4 ypg) and 2017 (261.8 ypg). Lupoi worked with several players who continued to play the first round of the NFL, including DE Jonathan Allen, LB Rueben Foster, S Minkah Fitzpatrick, NT Daron Payne and LB Rashaan Evans.
Before Alabama, Lupoi was the defensive running game coordinator and defensive line coach at the University of Washington from 2012-13. Two of the players he trained during that time earned All-America honors in outside linebacker Haukli Kikaha and defensive lineman Danny Shelton. Kikaha led the country in 19 sacks in 2013, while Shelton would continue to be the first round of Browns in 2015.
Lupoi served on the California defense line for four years (2008-11) and became the youngest full-time coach in Cal History as he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008. This year's rivals recruited in 2010, Lupoi helped to teach California classes that were number 11 nationally in 2011 and No. 14 in 2010. He developed several NFL draft picks during his term of office at Cal, including future first-round selections Cameron Jordan and Tyson Alualu.
As a player, Lupoi was a defensive lineman for Cal 2000-05. He led the Bears defensive line in tackled in 2003 and earned Pac-10 All-Academic recognition in 2005. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in American studies in 2005 and completed courses at a Master of Education.
Lupoi played high school football at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, one of the most successful programs in the history of prep football, where he earned all-state honors and won a national title.
He is married to former Jordan Pelluer.
John Lilly brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to Brown's staff.
In 2018, Lilly spent at the University of Tennessee as head coach assistant after one year of cohort (2016) at the Los Angeles Ram's tight ends coach. With the frames he helped with a tight end Lance Kendricks recorded a career high 50 receptions.
Prior to joining Rams, Lilly trained tight ends at the University of Georgia from 2008-15. During his eight seasons at the UGA, Bulldogs won 74 games, including five bowl victories and two SEC East titles. Lilly was part of several record seasons: 72 touchdowns in 2012, 484.14 yards per year. Games in 2013 and 41.3 points per Games in 2014. All were the best grades in the school's history. He also helped shape future NFL drafts, choosing Orson Charles (fourth round) and Arthur Lynch (fifth round). Charles, a current Brown, set the school record to receive yards with a tight end of 1,370.
Lilly also ruled Georgia's nozzle unit, which included Ray Guy Award winner Drew Butler, who led the nation in net coverage (41.95) and was nominated a consensus all-American in 2009. He also worked with NFL kicker Blair Walsh .
Lilly spent 13 seasons in Florida State. He started as a videographer in 1995, before becoming a bachelor assistant in 1996-97 and ultimately the tight ending coach and recruiting coordinator from 1998-07. Seminoles had a tremendous success during Lilly's mandate, including winning the nationwide coverage in 1999. The FSU routinely brought some of the country's best recruiting classes with Lilly, which led the tax, including a route from 2002 to 2007 where each class was placed in the top four in the country. In 2006, he trained Brandon Warren, the first tight end in school history to receive freshman All-America honors and only the third tight end ever at the FSU to receive recognition from America.
Lilly began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC from 1991-94.
He played quarterback, broad receiver and special teams at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC
Lilly is married to former Cheryl Brown and they have two daughters, Allison Catherine and Abigail Christine, and a son, Caleb Jackson.
In addition to 10 years of experience as a coach, Parrella played 12 seasons in the NFL as a defensive tackle.
Parrella spent 2018 developing professional football jumpers in the Spring League an elite development team and scout presentation for professional football talent.
Parrella spent two years (2016-17) coaching the defensive line at his alma mater, Nebraska. In its first season, leading Nebraska's defensive line, combining the front combined to 185 tackles, 17 bags, 35 tackles for losses and was part of a defense placed in the top 35 nationally in total defense and scoring defenses . He had two players earning honest mention of Big Ten honors.
Before Nebraska, Parrella spent two seasons (2014-15) in the same capacity in Northern Michigan and served as assistant coach at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. 2013. While in Chabot, the school won the Golden Gate Conference and the Top of the State Bowl, which captured the Central Division Championship.
Parrella started her high school coaching from 2008-12 at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California Parrella started the Variety program and guided the team to four straight North Coast IV playoff exhibitions.
As a defensive tackle in Nebraska from 1988-92, Parrella was an Alt-Big Aight committee and a three-year letter winner. He was a team captain in his senior season and was also a member of three major eight title teams during his career. In 1992, he was second in the team with 77 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for losses and five sacks, serving first team all-conference honors. Parrella was also Nebraska Lifter of the Year in 1992 and started in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He achieved his degree in child, youth and family science.
Another round pick of Buffalo Bills in 1993, Parrella started 111 out of 172 career games from 1993-04. He collected 407 tackles, 26.5 bags, 21 pass breakups, forced six fumbles and recovered three. A was a member of two teams that appeared in the Super Bowl during his career, including one with the bills (XXVIII) and one with Oakland Raiders (XXXVII).
A native of Grand Island, Neb., He and his wife, Leigh, have four sons, Zach, Cal, Alex and Jake with their daughter, Grace.
Blasko has spent the last three years with Green Bay Packers. He was originally hired by Packers in 2016 as coaching administrator and was elevated to assistant offensive line coach under current Brown's associated head coach / offensive line coach James Camp in 2017. Blasko helped OT David Bakhtiari earn first team All-Pro honors in 2018 and other hold honors in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to the NFL, Blasko spent eight years in college coaching ranks. He started with a three-year stint (2008-10) as a graduate assistant at the University of Akron, and then moved to the University of Florida in 2011 as the offensive quality control coach. Blasko also assisted the University of Kansas (2012-14) and the University of Pennsylvania (2015) as the team's tight ending coach.
Blasko trained at high school for six seasons and served as an offensive assistant at Steel Valley in Munhall, Pa., From 2002-05 and as an offensive assistant at Bethel Park (Pa.) From 2006-07.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Blasko graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor's degree in Information Science in 2005, and enrolled in Akron Sports Management in 2009.
Blasko and his wife, Katie, have a son , Tommy.