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Packers add nine to coaching staff

Packers name Zook, others to coaching staff

GREEN BAY ( Reuters) -- The Green Bay Packers made several assistant coaching hires, the team announced Friday.

The Packers named Ron Zook assistant special teams coach; Sam Gash running backs coach; Alex Van Pelt quarterbacks coach; Winston Moss assistant head coach/linebackers coach; Scott McCurley assistant linebackers coach; Jason Simmon defensive/special teams assistant; John Rushing defensive quality control coach; Luke Getsy offensive quality control coach; and Chris Gizzi strength and conditioning assistant.

“The offseason is progressing with the finalization of adjustments and additions to our coaching staff,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in a statement. “Every day and every decision has the focus on bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay. The evaluation process will continue with a vision to change, adjust or emphasize any aspect of our program to help us reach the attainable goal of another Super Bowl championship.”

Zook, the former Florida coach, had been out of coaching since he was fired from Illinois in 2011 after seven seasons. He coached the Gators for three seasons after succeeding Steve Spurrier.

Zook, 59, also coached in the NFL as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ special teams coach (1996-98), Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive backs coach (1999) and New Orleans Saints’ defensive coordinator (2000-01). McCarthy was on the Saints’ staff with Zook as offensive coordinator.

Gash was the Detroit Lions’ running backs coach from 2008-12. He was a teammate of Van Pelt with the Buffalo Bills.

Van Pelt replaced Ben McAdoo, who left to be the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator.