Cleveland Brown head coach Freddie Kitchens announced today that the team has appointed Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator, Todd Monken as offensive coordinator, Mike Priefer as special team coordinator, Stump Mitchell as runback / run game coordinator, James Campen as offensive rider Ryan Lindley as associate head coach, quarterback, Jody Wright as a special assistant to the head coach, Jim Dray as an offensive quality control coach and Tyler Tettleton as an offensive quality control coach.
Wilks enters his 25th year as a coach and his 14th season in the NFL. He helped his teams rise to two super bowls.
Prior to Carolina, Wilks spent three seasons (2009-11) as coach of Chargers Defensive Backs. In 2010, San Diego led the league in total defense and pass defense. Wilks helped S Eric Weddle to two All-Pro selections (2010-11) and a Pro Bowl selection (2010).
Wilks entered the NFL ranks from 2006-08 as defensive coach in Chicago. In 2006, the Bears led the NFL in takeaways and advanced to Super Bowl XLI.
Outside Chicago, Wilks spent eleven seasons as a college-level coach. He began his coaching career as a defensive coordinator with Johnson C. Smith (1995-96). He spent two seasons (1997-98) as a defensive coordinator at Savannah State, where in 1998 he was named Division II Defensive Coordinator of the Year. In 1999, he was named head coach and led the tigers to a 5-6 record. Wilks had a year as Defensive Back Defender at Illinois State (2000) and his Alma Mater
Appalachian State (2001) before working as a Co-Defensive Coordinator in the state of East Tennessee in 2002. Wilks left Bowling Green to coach defensive backs in 2003 before joining the same role at Notre Dame (2004) and the University of Washington (2005).
Wilks attended West Charlotte High School and then played defensive in Appalachian State (1987-91), ending his career with 103 tackles, four interceptions and four blocked kicks.
He attended the Seattle Seahawks training camp in 1992 and played in the defense arena of the Charlotte Rage Arena Football League in 1993. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Appalachian State.
Wilks and his wife Marcia have two daughters, Marissa and Melanni, and a son, Steven James.
Monken spent the last three seasons (2016-18) as an offensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first two seasons he trained the wide receiver. In 2018, he helped Tampa Bay attack the NFL in passing and achieve third place in the league. The Buccaneers set numerous club records, including overall yards, pass yards and touchdowns. Broad receiver Mike Evans became successful under Monken's offense, earning his first two Pro Bowl selections and surpassing 1,000 reception towers in all three seasons.
Monken came from southern Mississippi to Tampa Bay, where he spent three seasons (2013-15) of head coaching. After taking over a program that finished 1-0 in the previous season, Monken oversaw a turnaround that saw the Golden Eagles start as the junior offspring until the end of his third season. Under the guidance of Monken, Southern Miss scored a 9/5 record in 2015, won the Conference USA West Division, and made an appearance at the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Prior to joining Southern Miss, Monken spent two seasons as an Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for Oklahoma State (2011-12), his second Cowboys assignment, having served as Pass Game Coordinator and Wide- Receiver Trainer had worked. During his time as offensive coordinator, the team set records for the school season: total offensive yards, pass yards, completion levels, scores and touchdowns. He worked with QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon, both of whom picked up the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Prior to his second station in the state of Oklahoma, Monken spent four seasons (2007-2010) as a broad receiver trainer for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While at Jacksonville, Monke coached Reggie Williams, who set a club record in 2007 with 10 touchdown receptions.
Prior to joining the NFL, Monken served as a Pass-Game Coordinator / Wide-Receiver Trainer at LSU in 2005-06. He helped develop future selections in the first round: WR Dwayne Bowe and WR Buster Davis.
Monken began his career as a coach in Grand Valley State and spent two seasons as assistant (1989-90) before holding the same title at Notre Dame (1991-92). He also trained in eastern Michigan, where he served as a defensive / wide-receiver coach (1993-97) before being appointed offensive coordinator / quarterback coach (1998-99). Monken also served as Running Backs Coach (2000) and Wide Receiver Coach (2001) at Louisiana Tech.
Born in Wheaton, Illinois, Monken was a three-year letter winner at the quarterback of Knox College. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in education from Grand Valley State. He is a member of the Knox College Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Terri have a son, Travis.
Priefer enters his 13th season as Coordinator of NFL Special Teams. He had the same role with the Chiefs (2006-08), Broncos (2009-10) and Vikings (2011-18). In 2012, Priefer was named Special Teams Coach of the Year by his NFL colleagues.
Since joining NFL in 2002, Priefer David Tyree (ST), Chris Hanson (P), Blair Walsh (K) and Cordarrelle Patterson (RS) have helped to earn Pro Bowl nods. Both Walsh and Patterson have been named the first Team All-Pro on several occasions. Priefer has seen his units score 26 (12 Kickoff Return, 9 Punt Return, 3 Blocked Punts, a Missed Forsaken Field Goal, and 1 Security). He also helped his teams block 23 kicks (nine punts, nine field goals and five PATs).
During his tenure with the Vikings, Priefer's unit led the NFL with 14 special team touchdowns. The team scored blocked punts at seven kickoff yields, five punt returns and two touchdowns. Minnesota led the NFL in kicks-off in 2015 (28.3) and in 2016 (27.3) and finished second in 2011 (27.2). His units continued to lead the rankings of ranked rankings (15.2) in 2013 and finished second in the league in 2014 in the total kick-return shipyard (1,981) and in 2015 (1,540). In 2014, the Vikings were the fifth team in NFL history to block two punches and both returned for touchdowns in the same game.
Cordarrelle Patterson led the league in the kick-off average (32.4) and kick-off touchdowns (two). In 2015, he led the NFL in the kick-off average (31.8) and in the kick-off touchdown (two). In 2016, Patterson was the first average (31.7). Marcus Sherels also routinely ranked among the league leaders and fought for the NFL lead in 2016 in Punt Return Touchdowns (two). Kicker Blair Walsh set numerous team and NFL records, including 12 consecutive field goals of more than 50 yards.
During his time with the Broncos, Eddie Royal became the eleventh player in NFL history to have both kick-started and punt-return for a touchdown in the same game (in San Diego, October 19, 2009).
Before After joining the Broncos, Priefer co-ordinated Kansas City's special teams from 2006 to 2008 after serving as assistant trainers for the New York Giants (2003-05) and Jacksonville (2002).
From 1994-2001, Priefer trained special teams. At the college level, he worked for Navy (1994-96), Youngstown State (1997-98), VMI (1999), and Northern Illinois (2000-01).
In Northern Illinois, Priefer Justin McCareins helped win MAC special teams Player of the Year is honored in 2000.
In Youngstown State, Priefer spent two years under head coach Jim Tressel and helped the team to conquer the national team of Division I-AA in 1997.
Priefer began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Navy in 1994, teaching the special teams this season in front of the coach's linebacker and defense line from 1995-96. He also coached special teams and was from 1995 to 1996 defense coordinator for the junior varsity team of the Navy.
A QB and WR on Navy's junior varsity and lightweight teams from 1985-88, Priefer flew after completing his five-year (1989-94) helicopter as a naval officer. His work included missions on USS America in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.
Priefer received a bachelor's degree from the US Naval Academy in 1989 and a master's degree in Maryland in 1997.
Priefer was born in Cleveland and graduated from high school in Green Bay, Wis.
His father, Chuck, was a longtime college and NFL coach, including a Chargers and Lions special team.
He is married to Debbie, and has four children, Samantha, Michael Jr., Wilson and Katie.
Mitchell joins The Browns after spending the last two seasons while the jets support the coach. He spent nine seasons in the NFL and trained in the NFL for 16 seasons.
Mitchell was a coach in New York, Arizona (2013-16), Washington (2008-09) and Seattle (1999-07). Under Mitchell, Four Different Backs – Ricky Watters (1999-00), Shaun Alexander (2001-05), Clinton Portis (2008) and David Johnson (2016) won 1,000 yards in one season while Andre Ellington produced 1,000 scrimmage yards each first two NFL seasons (2013-2014).
He helped his back find the endzone when Alexander (five times) and Johnson (twice) produced ten or more scrimmage touchdowns in a single season. Alexander set an NFL record in 2005 with 28 results, and Johnson led the league in 2016 at 20. In addition to numerous runbacks, Mitchell has also helped two fullbacks to collect the Pro Bowl selection at Mack Strong and Mike Sellers.
On the College At this level, Mitchell was head coach at Southern (2010-12) and Morgan State (1996-98). He was also the offensive coordinator of Morgan State in 1995.
Mitchell began his coaching career as a back round for the San Antonio Rough Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991. He spent two seasons (1993-94) as the head coach the Casa Grande (Ari.) High School and led the team in its second year in the state playoffs.
A Ninth-Generation NFL Draft 1981 selection, Mitchell spent nine years with the Cardinals (1981-89) and a season with the Chiefs (1990). He is still among the top three Cardinals ever in Rush Yards (Second), Rushing Average (Second), Kickoff Return Yards (Second) and Punt Return Yards (Third). Outside the field, Mitchell received recognition as a Chuck Drulis award winner for community service in 1982 and as a finalist for the team's Byron Whizzer Whiteser award in 1984 for his work in the community.
A four-year-old player and three- In the first year of the race for The Citadel, Mitchell set school records for yard use in a season and for a career. As a senior in 1980, he finished with the country's second-highest yards and was named All-American Southern Conference Player of the Year and Amateur Athlete of South Carolina.
Camping occurs after 20 years in the Browns one year at the Green Bay Packers, including 15 years as a coach.
Camping was promoted to Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach in 2018 and led the offensive since 2007. Until then, Campen was Assistant to the Offensive / Quality Control Coach for two seasons (2004-05). In nine out of eleven seasons of camping as an offensive bus, the Packers ranked tenth in the league and reached the top ten overall in eight out of eleven seasons. Campen helped six Packers offensive linemen gain the Pro Bowl recognition since 2010 The only team in the league to have six different offensive members selected.
Campen, a former packer himself, broke into the league in 1989/93 as a non-subscribed center, signed by the Tulane New Orleans Saints. He was born in Sacramento, California. On October 31, 2018 Lindley first entered as a running backs coach in the Browns coach.
He helped RB Nick Chubb set a Browns rookie record with 996 rushing yards. He picked up the second-highest scrimmage-yards (1,145) and claimed the second highest touchdowns (10) of a Browns rookie in a season. Chubb recorded a 92-yard touchdown run in Week 10, the longest run in Browns history and the second longest run by a rookie in NFL history.
As a player, Lindley 2012 was a sixth round of Arizona. He appeared In ten regular season games with six starts, he began in 2014 a playoff game for the Cardinals. He played two seasons under current Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, who served as Arizona quarterback coach from 2013-16. Lindley also spent some time with the Chargers, Patriots and Colts. He began four years in San Diego State, where he set numerous school records, including career pass-yards (12,690) and touchdowns (90).
After his career as a player, he helped numerous prospects draft the NFL, including quarterbacks Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and Mitchell Trubisky.
Lindley joined the San Diego State Coaching staff in 2017 as a graduate assistant, where he remained on Brown's staff.
Wright was the offensive and deputy head coach at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2018. He was also the running backs trainer at UAB in 2014.
Wight was separated from his time as a blazer, and from 2015 to 17 was the head of player staff in Alabama assistant / offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide from 2010-12. He also served as a pass-game coordinator / tight-end coach in 2013 in the state of Jacksonville and from 2005 to 09 as a certified assistant / coordinator for football operations in Mississippi State.
Wright graduated from Jacksonville State in 2004 and graduated from Mississippi State in 2009. He hails from Alabama and has been twice in all-state races at the Pickens Academy in High School (Carrollton, Ala.).
Offensive Assistant at Stanford last season.
Former Cardinal Dray played at Stanford from 2005 to 09, ending his college career with 41 receptions for 455 yards and seven touchdowns. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In addition to his two years in Cleveland and four in Arizona, Dray also spent time with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.
He was born in New Milford, NJ, New Jersey
. Tettleton spent his final year in 2018 as a player crew with the jets. Prior to joining the NFL, Tettleton worked as an assistant for two years (2016-17) at the University of Oklahoma.
As a player, Tettleton worked as quarterback at Ohio University. He finished his career 732 of 1,174 passes for 9,129 yards, 67 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He also had 347 transfers for 910 yards and 16 scores. He listed OU records for the highest rating of passengers (148.9), completions (256), touchdown passes (28), passports (3.606) and total traffic (3.960).