University of Alabama director of player personnel Kevin Steele is getting back into coaching and is 'expected' to be Bobby Petrino’s defensive coordinator at Louisville, barring a late turn of events.
After not coaching in 2012, Steele came back to Tuscaloosa last February, and had the primary responsibilities of directing the Crimson Tide’s recruiting efforts.
Saban made a point of telling reporters that he liked having someone who was familiar with the program and staff in that position – which wasn’t the case when Ed Marynowitz left to join the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.
“We are excited to have Kevin back on our staff,” Saban in the spring of 2013. “He did an excellent job here previously, and he knows our program from a recruiting standpoint as well as anyone. His organizational skills and people skills make him a perfect fit for this role. As recruiting in college football has evolved through the years, this position is one of the most important on our staff.”
Steele was Nick Saban’s initial defensive coordinator at Alabama, in 2007-08, and had the same role with Clemson (2009-11).
The 2008 defense finished second nationally in rushing defense, allowing only 74.1 yards per game, while tying for third in total defense (263.5) was seventh in scoring defense (14.3 points).
Steele’s vast resume includes the head coaching job at Baylor (1999-2002), and he worked for both Florida State coach Bobby Bowden (2003-206) and Nebraska’s Tom Osborne (1989-94).
He was also the linebackers coach with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers (1995-98), and also had stops at his alma mater Tennessee, New Mexico State and Oklahoma State.