TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama head football Nick Saban announced today the hiring of three assistants to his Crimson Tide football coaching staff Â- Bo Davis, Ron Middleton and Steve Marshall. Specific titles or duties have not been assigned at this time.
Bo Davis joins the Crimson Tide football staff after serving the 2006 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and assistant defensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.
Davis, 36, has a deep history in Southeastern Conference football. Prior to his stint with the Dolphins, Davis spent four years (2002-05) as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at LSU under Saban and current Tigers head coach Les Miles.
A former All-SEC defensive lineman for LSU in the early 1990's, Davis joined the LSU strength and conditioning staff as assistant coordinator in June of 2002. He joined the LSU staff after a stint at North Shore High School in Galena Park, Texas, where he served as an assistant football coach from 1997-2002. Davis played football at LSU from 1990-92, earning second-team All-SEC honors as a nose guard in 1992. Davis capped his LSU career with 90 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 1992, Davis started all 11 games at nose guard, recording 66 tackles, including four tackles for a loss.
A native of Magee, Miss., Davis graduated from LSU in 1993 and then served as a graduate assistant with the LSU strength and conditioning program from 1995-97.
Steve Marshall brings an impressive depth of experience to the Crimson Tide staff, having served successful stints at several colleges and in the NFL. Marshall spent the 2006 season out of coaching after serving two seasons (2004-05) on the staff of the Houston Texans as an offensive line assistant. In 2004, Marshall oversaw the offensive tackles for the Texans, and then he took over complete control of the offensive line during the 2005 season.
Prior to joining the Texans, Marshall spent the 2000-03 seasons as offensive line coach at the University of Colorado under head coach Gary Barnett. During that period, the Buffaloes won one Big 12 Conference championship and two Big 12 Conference North Division titles. Prior to his stint with the Buffaloes, Marshall spent two seasons (1998-99) at the University of North Carolina as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Marshall joined the Tar Heels after he coordinated the Texas A&M offense in 1997. The Aggies were 9-4 with a No. 20 final national ranking in the Associated Press poll, made a Big 12 championship game appearance and earned a berth in the Cotton Bowl.
A native of Vernon, Conn., Marshall played offensive guard and tight end at Louisville in 1976-78. He coached the offensive line and kicking game at Marshall in 1982-83, offensive line and tight ends at Louisville in 1984, and coordinated the offense and coached the line at Murray State in 1985-86.
He coached the offensive line at Virginia Tech in 1987 and a year later was promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he held for the next five seasons (through the 1992 season). While at Tech, Marshall coached standouts including running back Vaughn Hebron, quarterback Will Furrer, and wide receiver Antonio Freeman.
In 1993, Marshall moved to the University of Tennessee to coach the offensive line. After two years he was given the added responsibility of running game coordinator. The Volunteers led the Southeastern Conference in rushing in each of those three seasons. In 1995, Tennessee beat Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl and finished No. 2 in the final coach's poll. In 1996, Marshall coached the offensive line at UCLA before moving on to Texas A&M.
Ron Middleton joins the Alabama staff after spending the last two seasons as the tight ends and assistant special teams coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under head coach Jon Gruden.
Middleton joined the Buccaneers following five seasons (1999-2003) at the University of Mississippi, where he served as running backs/special teams coordinator in 2002-03. He originally joined the Rebels as tight ends coach in 1999 and served in that capacity for three seasons. Middleton was also a member of the Buccaneers' training camp coaching staff in 2003 as a part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.
While at Ole Miss, Middleton helped guide the Rebels to four bowl games and also tutored 2003 Lou Groza Award winner place kicker Jonathan Nichols, who set 15 school records and earned All-SEC recognition. Nichols connected on 24-of-28 field goal attempts and all 45 extra point attempts on his way to setting a school record with 117 points scored in 2003.
Led by Middleton, Rebels junior punter Cody Ridgeway (son of former UA kicker Danny Ridgeway) also received second team All-SEC honors in 2003. In addition, Ole Miss led the SEC in kickoff returns, averaging 23.7 yards per return; field goals (25-29 for .862 percentage); and PAT kicking (49-49 for 1.000 percentage) in 2003. The Rebels also ranked third in the SEC in punting (42.9 avg.) and tied for first in net punting (39.0 avg.).
Prior to his stint at Ole Miss, Middleton coached tight ends, offensive tackles and special teams at Troy State from 1997-98. He also spent time in the private business sector as the vice president of American Communications before his time at Troy State.
Middleton, a native of Atmore, Ala., graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a degree in Pre-Law/History and received his Master's of Education degree in sports and fitness management from Troy State in 1998. While at Auburn, Middleton was named to the Dean's Academic Honor Roll several times and was voted the Tigers' Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1984 and 1985.
He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Atlanta in 1986, playing two seasons with the Falcons before spending the 1988 season with the Washington Redskins. In 1989, Middleton helped lead the Cleveland Browns to the AFC championship game. He returned to the Redskins in 1990 and spent four seasons there, helping guide Washington to a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. Middleton closed out his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers in 1995, after spending the 1994 season with the Los Angeles Rams.
In 2006, Middleton was selected by Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden to attend the NFL's Coaches Career Development Symposium. Middleton joined several other Buccaneers coaches to host the 2004 High School Coaching Academy in conjunction with the National Football Foundation. The academy is a one-day, hands-on clinic designed to elevate the quality of football coaching at the high school level.