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Schottenheimer Completes Staff

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Feb 6, 2006.

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    San Diego Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer has completed his coaching staff with the additions of quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell and assistant offensive line coach Hal Hunter. Both agreed to a two-year contract.

    The 51-year-old Ramsdell joins the Chargers from the St. Louis Rams where he served as quarterbacks coach from 1998-2002 and from 2004-05. Last season, starting quarterback Marc Bulger finished the year as the league's fifth-leading passer, despite missing eight games due to a shoulder injury. Under Ramsdell's direction, Bulger recorded three of the top six passing games in team history. Ramsdell also tutored two-time NFL Most Valuable Player Kurt Warner during the Rams' two Super Bowl appearances, including a victory over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV.

    Ramsdell spent a total of 11 seasons with the Rams. He joined the team in 1995, serving as tight ends coach through the 1997 season. He later spent the 2003 season as tight ends coach.

    Ramsdell's coaching career began in 1976 at San Francisco State (wide receivers). He also coached at Long Beach State (assistant secondary, special teams assistant and recruiting coordinator) in 1978, University of the Pacific (secondary, tight ends, receivers and kicking game) from 1979-1982 and Oregon (wide receivers) from 1983-1994.

    Ramsdell was born Aug. 16, 1954 in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from Manheim Township High School and Springfield (Ma.) College. He played running back in both high school and college. He and his wife, Brenda, have a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Amy.

    The 46-year-old Hunter spent the last four seasons as the offensive line coach at the University of North Carolina. During the 2003-04 seasons, the Tar Heels offense averaged more than 150 rushing yards per game and the 2004 unit rushed for 176.3 yards per contest, ranking 35th in the nation. Following the '04 campaign, North Carolina was invited to play in the Continental Tires Bowl.

    From 2000-01, Hunter was the offensive coordinator at Indiana University. The Hoosiers head coach at that time was current Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Indiana's offense ranked in the top 20 in total offense both seasons. Hunter helped tutor Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All America quarterback Antwaan Randle El, a starting wide receiver for the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2000, Indiana ranked seventh in the nation in rushing offense and 12th in total offense. In 2001, they ranked fourth in rushing and 19th in total offense.

    Hunter's coaching career began at William & Mary in 1982 as the team's outside linebackers and strength coach. He was an offensive line coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1983-84, Columbia in 1985, Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and the University of Akron from 1987-1990. In 1991, he moved to Vanderbilt University where he coached tackles and tight ends. In 1994, he was named the Commodores' offensive line coach.

    In 1995, Hunter moved to SEC rival LSU where he coached the offensive line. In his final season in Baton Rouge (1999) he was promoted to assistant head coach. As an interim head coach for one game in 1999, Hunter led the Tigers to a 35-10 win over rival Arkansas. One of Hunter's star pupils at LSU was two-time All-America Alan Faneca, who went on to become a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998. Faneca is the starting left guard for the Steelers.

    Hunter was born July 8, 1959. He was a Dean's List student at Northwestern, graduating with a 3.6 GPA while earning a degree in communications. He played linebacker for the Wildcats in 1978, but a neck injury ended his playing career prematurely. Following the injury, he stayed on with the team, working with the defensive line and serving as a strength coach. Hal and his wife, Tracy, have two sons, Hal IV and Andrew. Hunter's father, Hal Hunter Sr., is a pro scout with the Carolina Panthers

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