Confirming rumors that have been swirling for a week or so, the Tide this evening has released the final, official sign.
Via a press release, UA announced that Nussmeier has been hired as Nick Saban‘s new offensive coordinator. In his statement, Saban noted specific examples of Nussmeier’s ability to develop quarterbacks while with the Huskies as one of the reasons behind the hire.
“We are excited to have Doug as our new offensive coordinator at Alabama,” said Saban in a statement. “Not only does he have a good deal of experience as a coach and a player both at the college and NFL level, but he also brings a great passion for the game and a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
“At Washington, they were very productive on offense, especially with their quarterbacks. Jake Locker finished his career as one of the top passers in Washington history and was Tennessee’s first round pick. Keith Price stepped in as a first-year starter last season with very little experience, and not only set school records, but also ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency.
“I think Doug will be a great fit with us and we are looking forward to the Nussmeier family joining our staff at the University of Alabama.”
As we have noted multiple times over the past few days, Nussmeier had been one of the factors behind the complete transformation/reclamation of the Huskies’ offense since coming to UW with Steve Sarkisian in 2009. The year prior to the arrival of Nussmeier as part of Sarkisian‘s first coaching staff at UW, the Huskies finished the 2008 season 117th in scoring offense (13.3 ppg) and 116th in total offense (263.2 ypg); in 2011, UW finished 25th (33.4 ppg) and 38th (409.6 ypg) in those categories, respectively.
Prior to his time at UW, Nussmeier spent a year as Fresno State’s coordinator and three years as Michigan State’s quarterbacks coach, with two years as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams in between.
“I’m both honored and excited to have the opportunity to coach at the University of Alabama,” said Nussmeier. “I’m looking forward to jumping right in with recruiting and then getting to know the players and everyone involved with the program. Coach Saban and his staff have obviously done a tremendous job here and I want to do my part to help continue that success.
“I’ve heard a lot about Alabama football in terms of the history, the tradition, the great fans, and I can already see why this is such a special place. I want to thank Coach Sarkisian, the players, the staff and everyone at the University of Washington for all they did for me and for our family while we were there. It was a great experience and we have great memories from our time at the UW.”
In addition to the addition of Nussmeier, the Tide also confirmed the (re)hiring of Lance Thompson. Thompson returns to the UA staff after spending the last three seasons at Tennessee.
He will serve as outside linebackers coach and replace Sal Sunseri, who left earlier this month to become the Vols’ defensive coordinator.
“We are pleased and happy to have Lance join our staff,” said Saban. “He has worked for us previously and has always done an outstanding job with all of the aspects that go into being an assistant coach. Lance knows our system on defense well, and he does a great job of communicating that information to the players. On a personal level, he relates well with the players and is a very good recruiter. We are glad to have Lance back with our program at the University of Alabama.”