Coughlin retains two, adds two more to staff
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin retained two members of Jim Fassel's staff and hired two longtime assistant coaches from his Jacksonville days on Tuesday in starting to fill out his New York Giants coaching staff.
Tight ends coach Mike Pope and assistant special teams coach Mike Priefer, who worked with Coughlin during his final season with the Jaguars in 2002, will be back next season.
Running backs coach Jerald Ingram and strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri have worked with Coughlin both at Boston College and at Jacksonville.
"Good coaching is getting players to perform," said Coughlin, who last week hired Tim Lewis as his defensive coordinator. "All you have to do is look at the players they've coached."
Pope, 61, has seen five of his tight ends selected to the Pro Bowl. Mark Bavaro was chosen during Pope's first tour with the Giants in the mid-1980s, and Jeremy Shockey has been selected in each of the last two seasons.
"He is the best tight ends coach in football," said Coughlin, who was an assistant with Pope during Bill Parcells' tenure here.
Priefer, 37, spent last season as assistant special teams coach and administrative assistant to the head coach, the same roles he performed for Coughlin in Jacksonville in 2002, his first year in the NFL.
A Naval Academy graduate, Priefer started coaching in 1994.
Ingram, 43, is a 20-year veteran of coaching. He spent a year as a graduate assistant at Michigan, his alma mater, in 1984, and then went to Ball State before joining Coughlin at Boston College in 1991.
Under Ingram's tutelage, Fred Taylor rushed for more than 1,200 yards three times with Jacksonville. The Jaguars were also the only NFL team to rush for 2,000 yards each season between 1998 and 2000.
A Montclair State graduate, Palmieri, 45, worked at North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Kansas State before joining Coughlin at Boston College and later following him to the NFL. He spent last season with Saints as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
The Giants also announced the signings of quarterback Ryan Van Dyke, offensive lineman Dion Meredith, defensive end Sean Guthrie, running back Antoine Womack, guard Travis Scott and defensive tackle Mario Monds.
Van Dyke, Meredith and Guthrie were allocated to NFL Europe.
Meredith spent most of last season on the Giants practice squad. Guthrie sustained a knee injury during a minicamp last spring, while Van Dyke was cut in training camp.
A former seventh-round draft pick by the New England in 2002, Womack was with the Patriots that season but he didn't see any action.
Scott spent parts of the last two seasons with the Rams, while Monds has spent parts of the last three seasons with Washington and Cincinnati.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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