The Cleveland Browns today announced that coaches Gary Brown (Running Backs), Steve Hagen (Tight Ends), Jerome Henderson (Defensive Backs), Kent Johnston (Strength and Conditioning), Rick Lyle (Assistant Strength and Conditioning), Luke Steckel (Assistant to the Head Coach) and George Warhop (Offensive Line) will be retained from last year’s staff. In addition, Chris Beake (Offensive Assistant), Chuck Bullough (Defensive Assistant), Shawn Mennenga (Special Teams Assistant) and Ray Rhodes (Senior Assistant - Defense) will join the club’s coaching staff. Keith Gilbertson will also return to the coaching ranks in 2011 as senior assistant -- offense after previously serving as the Browns Director of Pro Personnel last year.
“With our coaching staff now complete, I am excited about the group that we have been able to assemble,” said Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “I believe we have a blend of coaches with a tremendous amount of experience who have proven to be excellent teachers throughout the course of their careers. I have known most of these guys for a considerable amount of time, and not only have I been impressed with their work, but they are all greatly respected around the league. Many of our coaches have been a part of winning programs, which is an important element as well. I feel very good about the strengths that each coach possesses, and I am confident this will benefit our team.”
Beake spent last season as an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to that, he spent two years with the Seattle Seahawks, first as an offensive quality control coach in 2008 before serving as an offensive assistant/assistant special teams coach the following season. Prior to his stint in Seattle, he was the linebackers coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06. During that time, Beake mentored Keith Brooking to Pro Bowl selections in 2004 and 2005. Prior to Atlanta, Beake spent six seasons with San Francisco in various roles. He was a pro personnel assistant (1998), quality control/defense coach (1999), defensive assistant (2000-02) and offensive assistant (2003).
Bullough joins the Browns staff with 14 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels. He most recently spent the previous five seasons at UCLA, where he served as the linebackers coach (2006-08) and defensive coordinator (2009-10). Bullough was the linebackers coach at Western Michigan University in 2005 and linebackers and special teams coach at Lake Forest College in 2004. He joined the NFL coaching ranks with the Chicago Bears for five seasons from 1999-2003. During his time with the Bears, he was the assistant linebackers coach (1999-2001), assistant defensive line coach (2002) and assistant secondary coach (2003), while also assisting with special teams all five seasons. Bullough began his coaching career at his alma mater, Michigan State University, spending one season assisting the defensive backs (1997) and another assisting the offensive line (1998). A four-year letterman at MSU, Bullough was drafted by Philadelphia in the eighth round (214th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the Miami Dolphins (1993-95) as a linebacker. A second generation NFL player and coach, Bullough’s father, Hank, spent 21 years as an NFL coach, most notably winning a Super Bowl title as an assistant with the 1970 Baltimore Colts and spending parts of the 1985 and 1986 seasons as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Gilbertson joined the Browns last season as the Director of Pro Personnel. He has 38 years of coaching experience, most recently with the Seattle Seahawks where he served in several capacities, including offensive consultant (2005), assistant offensive line coach (2006-07) and wide receivers coach (2008). Gilbertson has spent 28 years as a coach on the collegiate level, including nine as a head coach, consisting of stints at Idaho (1986-88), Cal-Berkeley (1992-95) and Washington (2003-04). During that time his teams posted a composite record of 55-51. He began his coaching career by serving as a graduate assistant at Idaho State (1971-74), Western Washington (1975) and Washington (1976). He has been a member of the staffs at Utah State (1977-81), Idaho (1982) and Washington (1989-91, ’99-02). He previously coached professionally with the Seahawks from 1996-98 and the Los Angeles Express of the USFL from 1983-85.
Mennenga brings 17 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level to the Browns’ special teams. He most recently spent the past two seasons (2009-10) as the linebackers coach at South Dakota State University. Before joining South Dakota State’s staff, Mennenga spent four seasons (2005-08) as the defensive coordinator at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He spent the previous four years at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, where he served one season as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator (2001) and the final three as the team’s head coach (2002-04). During his collegiate coaching career, he has also held assistant positions at Hutchinson Community College (defensive coordinator – 1998-2000), Western Kentucky University (outside linebackers – 1997) and Southwest Baptist University (1995-96 – secondary; 1994 – graduate assistant).
Rhodes brings 30 years of experience coaching in the NFL, including five seasons as a head coach. He spent the past three seasons with the Houston Texans, serving first as assistant defensive backs coach in 2008 before spending the last two seasons as senior defensive assistant. Prior to Houston, Rhodes spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator (2003-05) and special projects/defense (2006-07). Rhodes also served as the defensive coordinator in Denver (2001-02), Washington (2000), San Francisco (1994) and Green Bay (1992-93). He was the head coach in Green Bay in 1998, leading the Packers to an 8-8 record. Rhodes was the head coach in Philadelphia from 1995-98 and in his first year there he earned NFL Coach of Year honors after guiding the Eagles to a 10-6 mark and an appearance in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Rhodes got his start in the NFL with the 49ers as assistant secondary coach from 1981-82 before coaching defensive backs from 1983-91. He was a 10th round draft choice by the New York Giants in 1974 and played wide receiver for his first three NFL seasons (1974-76), before switching to defensive back for the final four years of his career (1977-80). Overall, Rhodes appeared in 97 regular season contests and in 1975, he led the NFC with a 20.7 yards per reception clip.
Steckel enters his third season with the Browns as the Assistant to the Head Coach. He was a three-year letterman as a linebacker at Princeton University where served as team captain as a senior and led the Tigers to a 9-1 record and the Ivy League Championship. Steckel’s father, Les, was a coach for 32 years with 23 of them in the NFL, including the 1984 season as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
2011 CLEVELAND BROWNS COACHING STAFF:
Pat Shurmur (Head Coach)-1st year with the Browns, 13th in the NFL
Dick Jauron (Defensive Coordinator)-1st year with the Browns, 27th in the NFL
Chris Tabor (Special Teams Coordinator)-1st year with the Browns, 4th in the NFL
Chris Beake (Offensive Assistant)-1st year with the Browns, 13th in the NFL
Dwaine Board (Defensive Line)-1st year with the Browns, 21st in the NFL
Gary Brown (Running Backs)-3rd year with the Browns, 3rd in the NFL
Chuck Bullough (Defensive Assistant)-1st year with the Browns, 6th in the NFL
Bill Davis (Linebackers)-2nd year with the Browns, 20th in the NFL
Keith Gilbertson (Senior Assistant-Offense)-2nd year with the Browns, 9th in the NFL
Steve Hagen (Tight Ends)-7th year with the Browns, 7th in the NFL
Jerome Henderson (Defensive Backs)-3rd year with the Browns, 5th in the NFL
Kent Johnston (Strength and Conditioning)-2nd year with the Browns, 19th in the NFL
Rick Lyle (Assistant Strength and Conditioning)-3rd year with the Browns, 6th in the NFL
Shawn Mennenga (Special Teams Assistant)-1st year with the Browns, 1st in the NFL
Ray Rhodes (Senior Assistant-Defense)-1st year with the Browns, 31st in the NFL
Luke Steckel (Assistant to the Head Coach)-3rd year with the Browns, 3rd in the NFL
George Warhop (Offensive Line)-3rd year with the Browns, 16th in the NFL
Mark Whipple (Quarterbacks)-1st year with the Browns, 5th in the NFL
Mike Wilson (Wide Receivers)-1st year with the Browns, 6th in the NFL