Blount coach Kelvin Sigler confirmed Monday that he has hired former Alabama All-American and 6-time NFL Pro Bowler Chris Samuels as the Leopards' new offensive coordinator.
Samuels spent the 2010-11 season as a coaching intern with the Washington Redskins, the NFL team for which he started 141 straight games from 2000-09.
just said that if he
got an opportunity, he'd love to come down (to coach)," Sigler
"To have somebody that played on all three levels, it was hard for me to turn down."
Efforts to reach Samuels failed Monday.
Samuels does not hold a teaching certificate and will be officially designated as a volunteer coach.
To satisfy requirements as a volunteer coach, Sigler
said, Samuels will work as a substitute teacher.
not doing it for the money," Sigler
basically wants to give to the kids."
Blount has made three straight playoff appearances in Sigler's
three seasons as head coach, but the Leopards
finished 5-6 last season and averaged 23.2 points for the second straight year.
That prompted Sigler
to examine his
coaching staff and consider changes.
and Samuels played together at Scarbrough Middle School
and Shaw High in Mobile before both signed with Alabama in 1995.
Samuels worked with Blount's players on a volunteer basis last spring.
"I'm not saying he
is the answer, (but) it was hard to turn down," Sigler
At Alabama, Samuels won the 1999 Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman and helped the Crimson Tide win the SEC championship.
The Washington Redskins selected him No. 3 overall in the 2000 NFL draft, and he
immediately became one of the pro football's elite left tackles.
Samuels retired in March 2010 after suffering a neck injury during an October 2009 game against the Carolina Panthers, choosing to give up football instead of risking permanent injury.
Samuels spent two weeks at Blount in January - the week before Senior Bowl week - but returned to Washington to finish his
Sigler said his newest assistant will arrive at Blount in the coming weeks and prepare for spring drills.