Soul hire Hollis Thomas as assistant line coach

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Soul hire Hollis Thomas as assistant line coach
February 21, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Hollis Thomas played 126 games for Eagles from 1996 to 2005. (AP)

The Philadelphia Soul on Thursday hired ex-Eagles defensive lineman Hollis Thomas as an assistant line coach for the 2013 season.

Thomas, a Northern Illinois grad, played 14 years in the NFL, his first 10 years with the Eagles. He is third in Eagles history in games played by a defensive lineman, with 126.

After leaving the Eagles, Thomas played for the New Orleans Saints for three years, the St. Louis Rams for one year and finished off his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. Thomas finished with 20 sacks.

Along with Thomas, Chris McKinney, Steve Criswell and Don Malloy join the Soul coaching staff as assistant coaches to complete the staff for the 2013 season.

“I am excited about this year’s staff,” Soul head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement released by the team. “Each one of our coaches has a strong football background and will bring a wealth of knowledge that will get us closer to winning a championship.”

McKinney is a former wide receiver and kick returner and was an offensive coordinator for the Georgia Rampage of the UIFL.

Criswell has 25 years of coaching experience with high school and indoor teams, including head coach of the Richmond Revolution (IFL) in 2010. The team went 13-2 and Criswell won IFL Coach of the Year.

Malloy will go into his first year of coaching but played in the NFL from 2001-03 as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions.

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