Brian Schneider Named USC Special Teams Coordinator

Jan. 13, 2009

Brian Schneider, who was the Oakland Raiders' special teams coordinator the past 2 seasons, has been named USC's special teams coordinator, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today (Jan. 13).

He replaces Dave Watson, who is pursuing other coaching opportunities. Watson was USC's defensive line coach the last 2 years (2006-07) after spending 2005 as a Trojan graduate assistant.

'We've worked for years to create the opportunity to have a special teams coordinator,' said Carroll. 'We're delighted that the right guy came along for the spot in Brian Schneider. He's an excellent, experienced coach whose results are evident at every place he has worked.'

Schneider, 37, has 15 years of experience coaching the special teams. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Colorado State, for 3 years (1994-96), working with the special teams and defense. He then was promoted as a fulltime assistant there for the next 6 seasons (1997-2002), as the special teams coordinator and coaching the tight ends.

He moved to UCLA for 3 seasons (2003-05), working with the linebackers and safeties in addition to the special teams.

In 2006, he handled the special teams and tight ends at Iowa State. He then moved briefly to the Air Force Academy in early 2007 before being hired by the Raiders.

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