Posted: 1:22 pm Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Dolphins finalize 2011 coaching staff with six new hires 

By Post Staff

The Dolphins finalized their 2011 coaching staff on Wednesday, announcing six hires — four on offense, two on special teams.

Former wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell will now be the team’s new quarterbacks coach, as we previously reported. Former offensive quality control coach Steve Bush will be the new receivers coach, former 12-year NFL receiver Ike Hilliard will be Bush’s assistant, interim special teams coach Darren Rizzi will keep his job on a permanent basis, former 49ers special teams coach Dave Fipp will be Rizzi’s assistant, and Tony Sparano Jr. — the head coach’s son — will be the new offensive quality control coach.

The Dolphins have now almost completely turned over the offensive coaching staff, with four external hires and three internal. The only person to remain in his same job was offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

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2010 2011
Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning Brian Daboll
Quarterbacks Coach David Lee Karl Dorrell
Wide Receivers Coach Karl Dorrell Steve Bush
Asst WR Coach N/A Ike Hilliard
Running Backs Coach James Saxon Jeff Nixon
Tight Ends Coach George DeLeone Dan Campbell
Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo Dave DeGuglielmo
Special Teams Coach John Bonamego Darren Rizzi*
Asst Special Teams Coach Darren Rizzi Dave Fipp
Offensive Quailty Control Steve Bush Tony Sparano Jr.

* Rizzi was named interim special teams coach after Bonamego was fired after Week 4.

The new coaches’ bios, from the press release:

Rizzi enters his third season as both an NFL assistant as a member of the Dolphins’ coaching staff. He joined the Dolphins as assistant special teams coach in 2009. Rizzi has four years of experience as a college head coach, including the 2008 season at the University of Rhode Island and the 1999-2001 seasons at New Haven.

Dorrell enters his fourth season on the Dolphins’ coaching staff, having joined the club in 2008 following a five-year stint as head coach at UCLA. He previously served as the team’s wide receivers coach from 2008-10.

Bush enters his fourth season as an NFL assistant, the previous three years with Miami as the offensive quality control coach. Prior to joining the Dolphins, he experienced a successful 26-year run as a coach at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Fipp joins Miami after spending three seasons (2008-10) with the San Francisco 49ers as their assistant special teams coach. Prior to joining the 49ers, Fipp worked with the San Jose State Spartans for three seasons. He served as defensive coordinator during his final year and previously held the title of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the Spartans. Fipp joined the Spartan staff after spending the 2004 season at the University of Nevada as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Cal Poly from 2002 to 2003 after starting out as the Mustangs’ defensive backs coach in 2001.

Sparano Jr. joins Miami after spending 2010 with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League. He came to the UFL after a successful playing career at the University of Albany. Sparano Jr. received three varsity letters at defensive end, where he was first on the depth chart and made 24 appearances. He was honored with a place on the 2008 ESPN The Magazine All-District I Academic Team following his junior season. Also in his junior season, he was part of an Albany defense that held six opponents under 100 yards rushing, leading them to be ranked 19th nationally among FCS schools in that category.

Hilliard joins Miami after two seasons (2009-10) with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League. After serving as a volunteer with the Tuskers in 2009, Hillard was elevated to the position of receivers coach for 2010. A first round selection in the 1997 NFL Draft (7th pick overall), Hilliard played 12 seasons in the National Football League for the New York Giants (1997-2004) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-08). In 161 career games (106 starts), Hilliard caught 546 passes for 6,387 yards and 35 touchdowns. With the University of Florida, Hilliard played three seasons (1994-96), catching 126 passes for 2,214 yards and 26 touchdowns. Hilliard is a native of Patterson, La. and is the nephew of former New Orleans Saints running back Dalton Hilliard.


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