Patriots confirm addition of Godsey, announce promotions for Nash and Ferentz
|02.17.11 at 6:33 pm ET|
The Patriots confirmed the addition of George Godsey to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Thursday evening, and announced the promotions of Harold Nash from assistant to head strength and conditioning coach and Brian Ferentz from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.
The two promotions are hardly a surprise — Ferentz (son of former Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz) essentially worked as the tight ends coach without the accompanying title last season, while Nash had certainly earned his stripes while working as the assistant under longtime strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik before Woick recently departed for Dallas.
Here’s a portion of the press release that accompanied the announcement:
Ferentz will enter his fourth season with the Patriots and his third on Bill Belichick’s coaching staff. After serving as a scouting assistant in 2008, he was named a coaching assistant in 2009. Last season, he served as an offensive assistant coach. Ferentz played football as an offensive lineman at Iowa from 2001 through 2005 and then spent the 2006 season on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.
Nash served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the last six seasons. In addition to his strength and conditioning duties, Nash also assists in coordinating the Patriots’ player development programs. After receiving top honors for the teams financial education program for three of the last four years, Nash and the Patriots player development program were awarded the 2009-10 Outstanding Overall Player Development Award.
Nash joined the Patriots following an all-star career as a defensive back in the Canadian Football League with the Shreveport Pirates (1994-95), Montreal Alouettes (1996-99), Winnipeg Bombers (1999-03) and Edmonton Eskimos (2004). He played four seasons as a defensive back at Southwestern Louisiana.
Godsey joins the coaching staff as an offensive assistant coach after spending the last seven seasons (2004-2010) at the University of Central Florida. He was the running backs coach in 2009 and 2010 and the quarterbacks coach from 2005 through 2008. He originally joined the Central Florida coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2004. A quarterback at Georgia Tech from 1998 through 2001, Godsey played one season in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm.
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