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Blount coach Kelvin Sigler ...
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.
"I give it up for Davidson, ...
"I give it up for Davidson, they did a great job," Leopards coach Kelvin Sigler said.
The Warriors drove from their 33 to the Blount 23 in the final minute of the first half.
Newly hired Alabama assistant ...
Newly hired Alabama assistant Kelvin Sigler treated for non-life threatening injuries after Tuscaloosa shooting
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Kelvin Sigler, the former Blount High coach who recently joined Alabama's coaching staff as an offensive analyst, was one of the 17 injured during an early morning shooting at a Temerson Square bar.
, a former Alabama defensive back, was treated for non-life threatening injuries, an Alabama spokesperson confirmed to the al.com
coached for four seasons at Blount, where he
went 27-18 and made four consecutive Class 6A playoff appearances.
went 10-2 in his
final year with the Leopards, who hadn't notched a 10-win season since 1998.
Sigler left for Alabama in March, joining his former offensive coordinator at Blount and former teammate at Alabama, Chris Samuels.
HOOVER, Alabama -- Alabama coach Nick ...
HOOVER, Alabama -- Alabama coach Nick Saban said today that offensive analyst Kelvin Sigler, who was one of 17 injured in Tuesday's shooting in Temerson Square, is doing fine.
, formerly the head coach at Blount High
, was treated and released on the same day following the shooting at Copper Top.
Northern Illinois cornerbacks coach ...
Northern Illinois cornerbacks coach Kelvin Sigler gives instructions during practice March 27 at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Sigler joins the Huskies after serving as a defensive analyst for the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. (Rob Winner firstname.lastname@example.org)
DeKALB In January, Kelvin Sigler
arrived in Miami right when Northern Illinois left.
Sigler, entering his first season as NIU's cornerbacks coach, was a defensive analyst for Alabama and watched the Crimson Tide defeat Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS National Championship Game.
was part of a winning tradition matched by no other program in the country.
The 2012 national title was the Crimson Tide's third in the past four seasons, and Sigler
also was a defensive back in Tuscaloosa from 1995-98 under Gene Stallings and Mike DuBose.
Last season as a defensive analyst, Sigler
was a coach away from the field, helping with film breakdown and getting ready for practice.
He wanted the chance to be an on-field coach again and couldn't pass it up when NIU offered.
"Just the opportunity, to get an opportunity to come here and get a chance to get back on the field and coach," Sigler
"Coach (Rod) Carey and coach (Jay) Niemann gave me the opportunity, it was just something I couldn't turn down."
Carey said Sigler has the type of background he's looking for, and likes having another coach with head coaching experience on staff.
has an extensive background coaching high school football in Alabama
He was the head coach at Blount High School in Mobile, Ala., from 2008-11 and also as a defensive coordinator at Bob Jones High in Madison, Ala., from 2004-08.
knows how to relate to players," Carey said.
had to do that from 14-year-olds to now, 22-year-olds."
brings more Mobile flavor to the Huskies
, and will recruit Alabama
from Montgomery north.
There already are two Mobile natives on the roster, cornerback Marlon Moore (C.F. Vigor) and safety Jimmie Ward (Davidson), whom Sigler coached against.
"[Moore and Ward] both remembered me, just coaching against them," Sigler