Alabama Steals Coach From Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin
Alabama stole a coach from Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin this week.
Former Crimson Tide player and two-time assistant Freddie Roach is making a big comeback.
Roach previously worked for Ole Miss, which has recently been taken over by a former Alabama offensive coordinator in Kiffin.
“We are pleased and happy to have Freddie Roach return to our staff at The University of Alabama,” Saban said in a statement.
“Freddie did a fantastic job at Ole Miss the last three years coaching their defensive line and we are excited to welcome him back to Tuscaloosa.
“Freddie played here and has been a part of our staff on a couple of occasions. He brings a tremendous understanding of what we do on defense, how we run our program while proving to an outstanding recruiter.”
A former Alabama player from 2002 to 2005, Roach officially joined the Crimson Tide in an administrative capacity from 2008 to 2010 as an assistant strength coach.
From there he became a coach at East Mississippi Community College, and then became Murray State’s defensive line coach in 2012.
In 2013, Roach became the defensive ends and outside linebackers coach at South Alabama.
Then in 2015, he came to Alabama to serve as director of player development. He lasted in that role until 2017.
Roach then served under Matt Luke at Ole Miss right up until this past offseason, before ultimately deciding to return home.
“It is hard to even put into words how exciting it is to come back to The University of Alabama,” Roach said in a statement.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to return home and work for Coach Saban and my alma mater.
“I have a great deal of respect for Coach and his accomplishments as well as the rich history of Alabama football.
“I also understand the high expectations of both Coach Saban and the program. I am looking forward to helping continue that history of success.”
Roach will replace Brian Baker, who will become the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive line coach next season.