Eagles hire Cincy DB coach John Lovett

Eagles hire Cincy DB coach John Lovett

February 8, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Chip Kelly’s coaching staff is finally complete.

Kelly has hired University of Cincinnati defensive backs coach John Lovett to coach defensive backs for the Eagles. The hire was first reported by CoachingSearch.com.

The Eagles on Friday afternoon officially announced Kelly's staff, and a press conference will follow on Monday at 1:30 p.m. The staff will also include former Oregon graduate assistant Erik Chinander, who joins Kelly's Eagles staff as assistant defensive line coach.

Lovett, a 35-year college coaching veteran, last year coached defensive backs at Texas Tech under head coach Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville left in January to become Cincinnati’s head coach and Lovett was set to join his staff, again to coach the secondary.

Lovett, 62, has coached defensive backs at several other schools and will coach the secondary for the Eagles. He has been a defensive coordinator at six different schools, including Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Clemson and Auburn.

He has no NFL coaching experience except for one year as a quality control coach for the New York Jets in 1984. He coached special teams for the Hartford (Conn.) Colonials of the United Football League in 2011.

With defensive coordinator Billy Davis in the fold, Jerry Azzinaro and Chinander coaching the defensive line and Rick Minter and Bill McGovern coaching linebackers, Lovett’s addition to coach defensive backs rounds out the defensive staff. (Todd Lyght will be the assistant defensive backs coach.)

The offensive staff is comprised of coordinator Pat Shurmur, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, running backs coach Duce Staley, tight ends coach Ted Williams and wide receivers coach Brian Bicknell.

Dave Fipp will coach special teams, and Kelly has brought in some other coaches who will fill quality control positions, such as Mike Dawson (defensive quality control) and Press Taylor (offensive).

Lovett, a native of Nyack, N.Y., helped Texas Tech finish the past season with the NCAA’s 39th-best total defense after the school finished 114th in 2011. The Red Raiders also led the Big 12 Conference in pass defense, allowing less than 200 passing yards per game.

He had joined Texas Tech after two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Miami under Randy Shannon. The Hurricanes fielded the NCAA’s 29th-ranked defense in 2009.

Lovett spent 2007 and 2008 at North Carolina, where he coached special teams and was a defensive assistant. He was Bowling Green’s defensive coordinator from 2005-2006. He served as the defensive coordinator at Clemson from 2002-04. In 2003, his defense allowed just 19.2 points per game.

As Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 1999-2001, Lovett helped lead the Tigers to bowl games each of his last two years. He coached the secondary for four years at Ole Miss (1995-98).

Lovett’s coaching career started at St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., in 1976. His college coaching career started in 1978 at Union College in New York, where he worked until 1982. Lovett spent the 1983 season in the Ivy League at Brown, and then moved back to New York to work under Joe Walton as the Jets' defensive quality control coach in 1984.

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