Alabama football coach Nick Saban finally announced Wednesday that Kevin Steele is the new linebackers coach and his special assistant. Steele takes over for Greg Brown, who left for Louisville.
This transaction has been in the works for a month.
Steele has been the director of player personnel. He also spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons on Saban’s staff at Alabama, and helped the Crimson Tide put together the nation’s top-ranked 2014 recruiting class.
“I’ve known Kevin for a long time and he will do an excellent job for us in this role,” Saban in a press release. “Kevin is very familiar with our program from an organizational standpoint as well as our defense from coaching here previously so he’ll be able to jump right in and not miss a beat. He possesses outstanding organizational skills along with great people skills which make him an excellent coach, teacher and recruiter.”
Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will move back and coach the secondary and Steele will coach the inside linebackers as they both did in 2007-08.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back into an on the field coaching role and I want to thank coach Saban and the University of Alabama for all they have done for me and my family through the years,” said Steele.