Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama hires new linebackers coach

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban recently announced that Kevin Steele will transition to the team’s linebackers coach and will also serve as special assistant to the head coach. He was previously the director of player personnel.

Steele helped the Crimson Tide put together the nation’s top-ranked 2014 recruiting class.

“I’ve known Kevin for a long time and he will do an excellent job for us in this role,” said Saban. “Kevin is very familiar with our program from an organizational standpoint as well as our defense from coaching here previously so he’ll be able to jump right in and not miss a beat. He possesses outstanding organizational skills along with great people skills which make him an excellent coach, teacher and recruiter.”

The team also announced that defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will move back to being the secondary coach.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back into an on the field coaching role and I want to thank Coach Saban and the University of Alabama for all they have done for me and my family through the years,” said Steele. “I’ve been lucky enough to work with probably three of the best to ever coach the game from Coach Osborne to Coach Bowden to Coach Saban, so there is a great appreciation that comes when you have a special opportunity like this.”

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