TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head football Nick Saban announced today the hiring of two assistants to his Crimson Tide football coaching staff Â- Todd Alles and Joe Pendry. Specific titles or duties have not been assigned at this time.
Alles (pronounced "alice") is a 28-year veteran of the coaching and teaching profession and comes to Alabama after serving the past two seasons as a program assistant for operations and recruiting at Ohio State University. His previous position was his third appointment at Ohio State after serving as a graduate assistant coach under Woody Hayes and a volunteer strength and conditioning coach and academic adviser under Jim Tressel.
In October 2002, Alles was awarded the Ohio State Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, honoring a career that has included the titles of teacher, head baseball coach, head wrestling coach, head football coach, athletics director, assistant principal and principal.
After coaching, teaching and administrative positions at Dublin High School (1977-86), Oberlin High School (1990-92), Perkins High School (1992-96), North Olmstead High School (1996-2001), and Avon Lake High School (2001-03), Alles retired but continued to coach. From Oct. 2003 to March 2004, he worked with OSU players in the weight room and as an academic adviser, then from March 2004 to May 2005 served as the defensive coordinator at Dublin Jerome High School before rejoining the Buckeyes staff.
Alles was a member of Big Ten champion Ohio State teams in 1974 and 1975 which played in the Rose Bowl both seasons. In 1975, he was an OSU Scholar-Athlete before serving as graduate assistant coach for the Buckeyes in 1976 and 1997. Alles earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1977 and would later earn his master's degree in education administration in 1989.
He graduated from Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus in 1965 and served in the United States Navy as a flight engineer from Sept. 1965 to Dec. 1968, attaining the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. He and his wife Karen have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Pendry (pronounced "pen-dree") brings 19 years of NFL coaching experience to Saban's staff at Alabama. He has worked with six different NFL clubs and has been to the playoffs 11 times in his career. Pendry's last stop was with the Houston Texans, where he served as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in 2004 and 2005.
Prior to that, Pendry worked three years for Dom Capers at the Carolina Panthers from 1995-97. Carolina posted a 27-23 overall record with one NFC championship game appearance over those three seasons.
A native of Matheny, W.Va., Pendry was a three-sport star at Oceana High School, excelling in football, basketball and track. He was an all-state selection in football and basketball and was the West Virginia High School Lineman of the Year in 1964.
He played two seasons at West Virginia (1965-66) before a career-ending injury allowed him to become a student coach (1967-68) before becoming a graduate assistant coach in 1969. He remained on the WVU staff as freshman coach (1970), wide receivers coach (1971-72), offensive line coach (1973-74) and offensive coordinator (1976-77).
Pendry has also had collegiate coaching stints at Kansas State (1975), Pittsburgh (1978-79), and Michigan State (1980-81) before moving to the professional ranks. He was an assistant coach with the USFL's Philadelphia Stars (1982-83) before becoming head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers in 1984. In 1985, he began his NFL coaching career, where he spent the last 19 years.