Roughly a week after it was first reported, Alabama has confirmed that it did indeed dip into the Florida State coaching staff to add an assistant.
In a press release, the Tide confirmed that Billy Napier has been added to Nick Saban‘s staff as wide receivers coach. Napier will replace Mike Groh, who left Tuscaloosa earlier this month for a job with the Chicago Bears.
In mid-January, Napier had been hired as the Seminoles’ tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator.
The hire again completes Saban’s nine-man coaching staff.
“We are glad to have Billy back on our staff,” said Saban. “He did an outstanding job when he was with us in 2011 and he was the first call we made when this position opened. He is a sharp young coach and he’ll be a great addition working with the wide receivers. We also feel that he will be a tremendous asset to our staff in the recruiting process.”
Napier spent 2011 as an offensive quality control assistant with the Tide in 2011. Following the regular season that year, he left with offensive coordinator Jim McElwain for Colorado State. During his lone season on McElwain’s Rams staff, he served as quarterbacks coach as well as assistant head coach.
From 2009-10, Napier was Clemson’s offensive coordinator.
“I have a great appreciation for the University of Alabama and the program Coach Saban runs, especially after spending the 2011 season in Tuscaloosa,” said Napier. “From a professional development standpoint, it was the best year in my coaching career. When you’ve been here and seen it first-hand, you know that you want to try and get back to Alabama if that opportunity ever presents itself. I am excited to be back and appreciate Coach Saban offering me the position. We had a great experience a year ago and we have a lot of great friends here. It is a special place because of the history and tradition, but also because of the people you work with and the fans and supporters of the program.”
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