Riders Hire Rod Woodson to be Team’s Assistant Defensive Backs Coach

By Bill Williamson,

The Head Coach of the Oakland Riders Jack Del Rio completed his 2015 coaching staff Monday by adding Ken Norton as his defensive coordinator; And the  last additions is the hiring of Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as the team’s assistant defensive backs coach. It seems the hole coaching staff is set to get the Oakland Raiders roster ready to rock this 2015 season.


Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, who dedicated his time coaching Oakland’s Defensive Back’s in 2011, returns as an assistant under new coach Jack Del Rio.
Woodson coached Oakland’s cornerbacks in 2011 and was a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program intern with the Denver Broncos during the 2014 offseason. Del Rio was Denver’s defensive coordinator at the time.

Rod Woodson also played for the Raiders, having spent the final two of his 17-year career as a star defensive back in Oakland before he retired after the 2003 season. The other new coaches are Sam Anno, defensive assistant; Joe Gomes, head strength and conditioning; Darryl Eto, assistant strength and conditioning; Tim Holt, assistant offensive line; Nick Holz, quality control-offense; Kevin Kijowski, strength and conditioning assistant; Wesley Miller, strength and conditioning assistant; Jake Peetz, senior conditioning assistant; Travis Smith, quality control-defense; Brent Vieselmeyer, assistant linebackers.

Vieselmeyer coached Del Rio’s son, Luke, at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The coaches who Del Rio previously hired are: Bill Musgrave, offensive coordinator; Ken Norton Jr., defensive coordinator; Mike Tice, offensive line; Brad Seely, special teams; Marcus Robertson, secondary, Todd Downing, quarterbacks; Sal Sunseri, linebackers; Bobby Johnson, tight ends; Bernie Parmalee, running backs; Rob Moore, wide receivers; Tracy Smith, assistant special teams; Tim Holt, assistant offensive line; Jethro Franklin, defensive line.

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