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Coaching Staff

Richie Anderson – Assistant Wide Receivers Coach
Brett Bech – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Corwin Brown – Defensive Backs Coach
Bryan Cox – Assistant Defensive Line Coach
Mike Devlin – Assistant Offensive Line Coach
Andy Dickerson – Coaches Assistant
Sam Gash – Assistant Running Backs/Special Teams Coach
Jim Herrmann – Linebackers Coach
Rick Lyle – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Denny Marcin – Defensive Line Coach
Jason Mandolesi – Defensive Quality Control
Noel Mazzone – Wide Receivers Coach
Jason Michael – Offensive Quality Control
Markus Paul – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jimmy Raye – Running Backs Coach
Brian Schottenheimer – Offensive Coordinator
Bob Sutton – Defensive Coordinator
Mike Westhoff – Special Teams Coordinator
Tony Wise – Offensive Line Coach


The New York Jets announced today their 2006 coaching staff. The announcement of the composition of the coaching staff was made by Head Coach Eric Mangini.

Joining Mangini on the coaching staff will be (in alphabetical order): Richie Anderson, assistant wide receivers coach; Brett Bech, assistant strength and conditioning coach; Corwin Brown, defensive backs coach; Bryan Cox, assistant defensive line coach; Mike Devlin, assistant offensive line coach; Andy Dickerson, coaches assistant; Sam Gash, assistant running backs/special teams coach; Jim Herrmann, linebackers coach; Rick Lyle, assistant strength and conditioning coach; Denny Marcin, defensive line coach; Jason Mandolesi, defensive quality control; Noel Mazzone, wide receivers coach; Jason Michael, offensive quality control; Markus Paul, head strength and conditioning coach; Jimmy Raye, running backs coach; Brian Schottenheimer, offensive coordinator; Bob Sutton; defensive coordinator; Mike Westhoff; special teams coordinator; and Tony Wise, offensive line coach.

Anderson, 34, played 12 seasons in the NFL (1993-2004), including his first 10 seasons (1993-2002) as a member of the Jets. The native of Sandy Springs, MD was the Jets’ sixth round draft selection (144th overall) in 1993 after a collegiate career at Penn State. Anderson went on to play in 161 regular season career games, primarily as a fullback, and made 82 starts, and registered 400 career receptions for 3,149 yards for a 7.9 career average and 14 touchdowns, while also adding 318 career carries for 1,274 yards for a 4.0 average and four touchdowns. He finished his career with the Jets ranked second in team history for receptions (305) and yards receiving (2,449) among running backs. He concluded his career as a member of the Dallas Cowboys (2003-2004). Anderson re-signed with the Jets on February 1, 2006 and subsequently announced his retirement from playing professional football the following day. In addition to his duties serving as an assistant running backs coach, Anderson and Mike Devlin will split the responsibilities of coaching the Jets’ tight ends.

Bech, 34, played four seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1996-1999) as a wide receiver after originally breaking into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. He concluded his professional playing career in the Arena Football League in 2004 as a member of the Indiana Firebirds. Bech, a native of Slidell, LA, was a three-year letterman for the LSU Tigers (1992-1994) and led the Tigers in receiving in 1993 and 1994 and was a team captain as a senior. Bech’s best game on the NFL level came on Dec. 27, 1998 when he had 113 yards on four receptions against the Buffalo Bills, as well as two receiving touchdowns, including a 72-yarder for a score.

Brown, 35, is in his third season as the Jets’ defensive backs coach. The Chicago, IL native played eight seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the New England Patriots. He played for the Patriots from 1993-1996, he then joined the Jets, where he played through the 1998 season before concluding his playing days as a starter for the Detroit Lions in 1999 and 2000. Brown played in Super Bowl XXXI with New England and was voted as the first-alternate to the Pro Bowl in 1998 for his work on special teams. Brown began preparing for a career in coaching by working with the Boston University coaching staff in 1996 and then by assisting the Jets’ coaching staff at the annual scouting combines in 1997 and 1998. He then began coaching at the University of Virginia in 2001 as the special teams coach for the Cavaliers (2001-2003) before returning to the Jets in 2004.

Cox, 38, begins his first season as a coach, following a 12-year playing career in the NFL. The native of East St. Louis, IL played in 165 regular season career games, making 144 starts, while with the Miami Dolphins (1991-1995), Chicago Bears (1996-1997), Jets (1998-2000), New England Patriots (2001) and New Orleans Saints (2002). He won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots in 2001 following their victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. During his career, Cox amassed 645 tackles, 51.5 sacks, 37 passes defensed and four interceptions while playing a variety of different defensive positions.

Devlin, 36, joins the Jets after having coached the previous two seasons as the offensive line coach for the Toledo Rockets of the Mid America Conference. Devlin played seven seasons in the NFL, 1993-1995 with the Buffalo Bills and from 1996-1999 with the Arizona Cardinals. The former Iowa Hawkeye interior lineman began his coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach for the Cardinals in 2000, first as a quality control coach on the offensive side of the ball before moving on to be an assistant offensive line coach. Devlin earned All-America honors as a high school player at Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey before matriculating to the University of Iowa. He was a fifth round selection of the Bills in 1993 and played in 58 career games throughout his seven NFL seasons. In addition to his duties assisting along the offensive line, Devlin will split the tight ends coaching responsibilities with Richie Anderson.

Dickerson, 24, is a native of Wilmington, DE and played college football at Tufts University from 1999-2002 on the offensive line. He broke into the National Football League with the Patriots in 2004 as an operations intern before being promoted to a full-time position in the New England Patriots’ operations department in 2005.

Gash, 36, is in his second season with the Jets after working with the running backs and assisting on special teams coaching duties in 2005. The Penn State product spent 12 seasons in the NFL as a fullback and played in 177 games, 78 of them as a starter. He recorded 121 carries for 327 yards and two touchdowns and 169 receptions for 1,347 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gash also appeared in 11 postseason contests and earned a Super Bowl XXXV ring while with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round (205th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft and spent six seasons with the Patriots before signing with the Buffalo Bills. He played the 1998 and ’99 seasons as a Bill and earned a Pro Bowl selection in each of those years before moving on to the Baltimore Ravens from 2000-02. He re-joined the Bills for his final season in 2003.

Herrmann, 45, arrives at the Jets following 20 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, where he served the past nine seasons as the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator. He began his coaching career at Michigan in 1986 as a graduate assistant before working as a volunteer coach from 1988-89 and then being tabbed as the inside linebackers coach (1990-1994), then as the special teams and linebackers coach (1995-1996) before being promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the Outback Bowl on December 17, 1996. In 1997 en route to the national title, Herrmann was named the winner of the Broyles Award, given to the top national assistant coach of the year on the collegiate level. The native of Dearborn Heights, MI, went on to star as a linebacker at Michigan under legendary Head Coach Bo Schembechler before beginning his coaching career on the prep level in Michigan for two years prior to coaching at his alma mater.

Lyle, 34, played nine seasons in the NFL after entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent from Missouri in 1994. The former defensive lineman, one of the most versatile lineman in the league during his tenure, played virtually every position at one point or another during his career, which began with the Cleveland Browns in 1994, them moved with the franchise to Baltimore, where he played in 1996, and then spent five seasons with the Jets (1997-2001), before concluding with the Patriots (2002-2003). Lyle, a native of Hickman Hills, MO played in 113 career regular season games, notching 250 career tackles and 11 sacks, earned a Super Bowl trophy with the Patriots in 2003 (Super Bowl XXXVIII).

Mandolesi, 23, begins his second season on the Jets’ coaching staff, and his second in the role of defensive quality control. In his current position, Mandolesi’s duties will include the compilation of comprehensive scouting reports on opposing offenses, as well as the coordination of the opponents’ scout teams and the collection of weekly playbooks for Jets’ players. In 2005, the Springfield, MA native assisted the Jets’ defensive coaches in similar job responsibilities. Mandolesi came to the Jets as a video assistant prior to the 2004 season, following a two-year internship with the New England Patriots’ video department. With the Patriots he assisted the offensive coaching staff under Patriots’ offensive coordinator Charlie Weis en route to a Super Bowl XXXVI title. Mandolesi earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from Springfield College.

Marcin, 63, begins his third consecutive season as the defensive line coach for the Jets. The 43-year veteran of coaching joined the Jets on January 9, 2004 after having spent the past seven seasons (1997-2003) coaching the defensive line of the New York Giants. Prior to joining the Giants, Marcin honed his craft on the collegiate level, breaking in as a defensive assistant, and later, coordinator at Miami of Ohio (1974-77). He then served as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of North Carolina (1978-87), and as defensive line coach, defensive coordinator, and assistant head coach for the University of Illinois from 1988-96 before moving on to the professional coaching ranks.

Mazzone, 48, joins the Jets after having served for much of the past decade as an offensive coordinator on the collegiate level. Mazzone, a graduate of the University of New Mexico, began his coaching career on the high school level in Colorado before moving up to the college ranks, first at Colorado State (1982-1986) where he coached the quarterbacks and receivers before moving on to Texas Christian University (1987-1991), where he coached the quarterbacks before moving onto Minnesota from 1992-1994, overseeing the quarterbacks. Mazzone was promoted to offensive coordinator at Ole Miss in 1995, holding the position on Tommy Tuberville’s staff through 1998, at which point he followed Tuberville to Auburn, where he served as (1999-2001) the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He moved on to Oregon State in 2002 as the running backs and special teams coordinator before heading east to serve as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at North Carolina State from 2003-2004. Mazzone returned to Ole Miss in 2005 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The native of Raton, New Mexico was a collegiate signal-caller at UNM and set numerous school records during his career.

Michael, 27, is a native of Louisa, KY and played college football as a quarterback at Western Kentucky from 1999-2002, guiding the Hilltoppers to the NCAA division I-AA national championship in 2002. Michael broke into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant on the University of Tennessee’s coaching staff, where he assisted the defensive staff. Michael then moved on to the Oakland Raiders in 2005, where he served as a video assistant and offensive quality control coach.

Paul, 39, is in his second season with the Jets and his eighth season in coaching. Prior to joining the Jets in 2005 he served the previous five seasons as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New England Patriots. The native of Orlando, FL was originally a fourth-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears in 1989 and spent five seasons with the Bears before playing his final game as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993. A graduate of Syracuse University, Paul broke into the professional coaching ranks in 1998 as a member of Mike Ditka’s staff with the New Orleans Saints. Following the 1999 season, Paul was named as assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Patriots and helped the team garner three Super Bowl crowns.

Raye, 59, rejoined the Jets following two seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. He brings 29 years of NFL coaching experience, and previously spent two seasons with the Jets, adding the title of assistant head coach in 2003 after serving as senior offensive assistant in 2002. Raye has served as an NFL offensive coordinator for 11 seasons and on six separate occasions, with the Rams (twice – 1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay (1985-86), New England (1990), Kansas City (1998-2000), Washington (2001) and the Raiders (2004-2005). Raye was a standout quarterback for the Michigan State Spartans (1965-67) and led the Spartans to two Big Ten titles and the 1966 Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and switched to defensive back in the NFL, playing for the Rams before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969. The Fayetteville, NC native began his coaching career in 1971 at his alma mater, Michigan State, where he stayed for five years (1971-75). He served a brief stint at Wyoming in 1976 before moving to the NFL ranks, beginning with San Francisco (1977), Detroit (1977-79), Atlanta (1980-82, 1987-89), the L.A. Rams (1983-84, 1991), Tampa Bay (1985-86) and New England (1990). His son, Jimmy III, currently serves as the San Diego Chargers director of college scouting.

Schottenheimer, 32, joins the Jets following a four-year stint as the quarterbacks coach for the San Diego Chargers. A former collegiate quarterback at Kansas and the University of Florida, Schottenheimer has been in the NFL for seven seasons. He joined the St. Louis Rams’ staff for the 1997 season, coached at Kansas City in 1998 and then returned to the college level for two seasons, the first at Syracuse in 1999 and then to Southern California in 2000. The son of Chargers’ Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer, Brian spent the 2001 season with the Washington Redskins as the quarterbacks’ coach before moving west and joining the Chargers in 2002. As the son of a professional football coach, Schottenheimer lived in a quite a few cities while growing up, eventually graduating from Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, KS before matriculating to Kansas and then onto Florida.

Sutton, 55, begins his seventh season with the Jets and his first as the team’s defensive coordinator. Prior to his promotion Sutton served as the Jets’ linebackers coach from 2000-2005 and annually produced one of the strongest and most dependable units despite a succession of turnover at every position in recent seasons. Prior to joining the Jets, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99) and achieved marked success, including guiding the Cadets to just their fourth Bowl appearance in school history, and in his nine seasons at West Point placed him second in tenure by any head coach, trailing legendary Earl “Red” Blaik, who guided the Cadets for 18 seasons. In 1996 he was named the winner of the prestigious Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, making him the first Army coach since Tom Cahill in 1966 to earn the coveted honor. Before being named the head coach Sutton was at West Point from 1983-1991 as the team’s defensive coordinator and helped the Cadets to three bowl games. In 1982 he served as the RB coach at North Carolina State under current Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and had a pair of turns at Western Michigan under Elliott Uzelac (1980-81 and 1975-76), first serving as defensive coordinator and later as the offensive coordinator. Sutton was a defensive coordinator and LB coach at Illinois (1977-79) under Gary Moeller and in 1974 he was the linebackers’ coach at Syracuse. He had his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at the University of Michigan for Bo Schembechler in 1972 and 1973.

Westhoff, 58, begins his sixth season with the Jets, having served as the special teams coordinator since his arrival. The Pittsburgh, PA native is entering his 39th season in the coaching ranks and his 24th season in the NFL. The Dallas Morning News’ special teams coach of the year as voted by his peers in 2000, worked under Hall of Famer Don Shula with the Miami Dolphins from 1986-1995 and under Jimmy Johnson through the 1999 season. He broke into the NFL as an offensive line/tight end/special teams coach for the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts from 1982-1984 and then had a one year tenure as the offensive line coach for the Arizona Outlaws of the USFL. Westhoff began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Indiana University in 1974 before becoming the Hoosiers’ freshman coach the following season. He moved on with stints at Dayton (1976), Indiana State (1977), Northwestern (1978-1980) and Texas Christian (1981) before turning to the professional ranks.

Wise, 54, joins the Jets after most recently coaching the offensive line for the Miami Dolphins in 2001-2004. In 2002, his unit helped pave the way for an AFC best 156.5 yards rushing per game. Prior to joining Miami he served in the same capacity with the Carolina Panthers (1999-2000) after spending six seasons with the Chicago Bears, four of which he also served as the assistant head coach. Wise entered the NFL in 1989 with the Dallas Cowboys and worked on Head Coach Jimmy Johnson’s staff until the completion of the 1992 season. Wise then departed for Chicago where he first served as the Bears’ offensive line coach from 1993-1994 and then added the duties of assistant head coach to his responsibilities through the 1998 season before taking the offensive line position with the Panthers. Wise, a former offensive lineman at Ithaca College, is a native of Newtonville, NY and began his coaching career in 1973 at Albany State, then spent a year at Bridgeport, Central Connecticut and Washington State before moving onto the University of Pittsburgh (1977-1978) before heading to Oklahoma State (1979-1983), Syracuse (1984), and the University of Miami (1985-1988). Wise earned a Super Bowl trophy in XXVI with the Cowboys’ win over the Buffalo Bills.

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