Tracking 2022 Alabama Coaching/Analyst Changes

New York Giants assistant coach Derek Dooley and tight end Evan Engram (88) walk away after the Giants lost 22-7 to the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Jan. 9 2022 in East Rutherford, NJ Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for

The college football season can be a time of transition in college football locker rooms and coaching offices.

Alabama has seen more tumultuous cycles (see 2019 season) but there has been quite a bit of movement at the Mal Moore Athletic Complex since the end of the 2021 season. It should be noted that four of the 10 coaching jobs assistants have changed hands with a few other departing analysts/staff and graduate assistants.

Before spring workouts start – and other potential moves can be done – we’ve made a quick whereabouts guide to help keep all the moves straight.

Outgoing analysts/staff

  • Ron Cooper: The former head coach of Louisville is the new head coach of FCS Long Island University.
  • Johnathan Galante: New special teams coordinator at Marshall (under former Alabama assistant Charles Huff), according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
  • Jake Long: new middle linebackers coach at Oregon.
  • Marc Votteler: Alabama’s assistant director of player personnel is the new general manager at Marshall University.

Remaining analysts

  • Dean Altobelli: Still in Alabama after arriving in 2010.
  • George Banko: Graduated from Alabama in 2020, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Bert Biffani: Entered third year in Alabama in quality control after working at both Tennessee and Texas A&M.
  • Nick Cochran: The former Maryland graduate assistant returned to Alabama last spring. He started the program in 2013 as a student manager.
  • Dave Huxtable: Still in Alabama after interviewing for Charlotte’s defensive coordinator job, according to the Charlotte Observer. He was previously NC State’s defensive coordinator.
  • Will Lawing: Would be entering his second year at Alabama after serving as tight ends coach for the Houston Texans from 2019-2020.
  • Alex Mortensen: Now entering his fourth year during a second stint at Alabama, Mortensen was the receivers coach for the AAF’s Birmingham Iron after working as a graduate assistant and analyst in Alabama from 2014-2018.
  • Mark Orphey: Previously coached defensive backs at Utah State before coming to Alabama in 2021.

New analysts

  • Zach Mettenberger: The former Georgia and LSU quarterback joined the staff after two seasons as a Nashville-area high school coach.
  • Nick McGriff: Arrives in Tuscaloosa after working at Ole Miss as an analyst last season. He was South Carolina’s long snapper from 2014 to 2018.
  • Derek Dooley: The former Tennessee head coach was most recently the tight ends coach for the New York Giants under former Alabama staffer Rob Sale. Dooley previously worked under Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins.

Graduate assistants

  • Braxton Barker: Returned to Alabama as a graduate assistant after previously entering the transfer portal.
  • Manrey Saint-Amour: Now offensive line coach at Charleston Southern after spending last year as a graduate assistant.

New assistant coaches

  • Coleman Hutzler: The new outside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator spent the last year at Ole Miss after four seasons at South Carolina coaching special teams and linebackers.
  • Travaris Robinson: The former Auburn player came to Alabama after a season coaching defensive backs in Miami. He was previously an assistant defensive backs coach at South Carolina, Auburn, Florida, Texas Tech, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.
  • Joe Cox: Georgia’s 2009 starting quarterback comes to Alabama to train tight ends. He was at Charlotte last season after coaching at South Carolina and Colorado State.
  • Eric Wolford: The Kentucky offensive line coach last year previously coached the South Carolina offensive line (two stints), San Francisco 49ers (2015-16), Youngstown State, from Illinois, Arizona, North Texas, Houston and South Florida.

Outgoing assistant coaches

  • Doug Marrone: Took the job of offensive line coach for the New Orleans Saints after one season in Alabama.
  • Sal Sunseri: Transitioning to an off-court position with Alabama that Saban called a “special assistant to the head coach” role.
  • Drew Svoboda: The tight ends coach last season is still listed in Alabama’s personnel directory but without a position, after Cox and Hutzler were hired to fill the roles he held last season.
  • Jay Valai: Left to join the Oklahoma staff as co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.

Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.