Alabama hires Kevin Steele to be defensive coordinator
Alabama has turned to a former Auburn defensive coordinator to run its protection.
According to ESPN, Kevin Steele shall be Alabama’s subsequent defensive coordinator. Steele ran Miami’s protection in 2022 after he served as Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 2016-2020.
Steele’s reported rent comes two days after Alabama hired Tommy Rees to be the offensive coordinator. Rees involves Alabama from Notre Dame after he was the Combating Irish’s offensive coordinator for the previous three seasons.
This shall be Steele’s third stint at Alabama. He was the group’s defensive coordinator in Nick Saban’s first season in 2007 and returned to the group in 2013 as its director of participant personnel. In between he was Clemson’s defensive coordinator for 3 seasons and coached at LSU in 2015 between his stints at Alabama and Auburn.
Steele has head teaching expertise as nicely. He was Baylor’s coach from 1999-2002. The Bears went 9-36 in his tenure and have been 1-31 within the Massive 12.
Steele’s stint at Auburn got here below coach Gus Malzahn and he was the group’s interim coach for a 35-19 loss to Northwestern within the Citrus Bowl after Malzahn was fired. Steele wasn’t retained at Auburn after the group employed Boise State coach Bryan Harsin.
He spent the 2021 season out of school soccer earlier than he was employed at Tennessee following the season. Steele was employed by Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt earlier than Pruitt was fired by the varsity and subsequently promoted to interim coach within the offseason earlier than Josh Heupel was employed because the Vols’ coach.
Steele was at Tennessee for a grand whole of 51 days after signing a 2-year deal price $900,000 after which signed on to turn into Maryland’s defensive coordinator for the 2022 season. That tenure lasted lower than per week earlier than Miami coach Mario Cristobal employed him to run the Hurricanes’ protection.
Miami gave up 27 factors per sport and 5.9 yards per play in 2022. Alabama gave up 18 factors per play in 2022. The Tide have been in want of a defensive coordinator after Pete Golding left the group to take the identical place at Ole Miss.