Earl Holmes has loaded his first coaching staff at FAMU with ex-NFL talent
By BOB FERRANTE
Steelers South has landed in Tallahassee, where Earl Holmes will open his first season as Florida A&M’s football coach in 2013.
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Holmes, a 10-year NFL veteran, had 958 career tackles. He spent six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996-2001, and he’s using many of those friendships with former teammates as he builds a coaching staff that’s loaded with NFL experience.
The 39-year-old Holmes has tabbed two-time Pro Bowl linebacker and 11-year NFL veteran Levon Kirkland as his defensive coordinator. Kirkland, 44, hasn’t coached at the college level, but he spent a few seasons as a high school coach in South Carolina.
Former University of Florida standout and former Steeler Ernie Mills will coach receivers, and another former Gator, tailback Elijah Williams, will coach the running backs. Williams helped Florida win the 1996 national title and spent four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
Holmes has also named Tallahassee native and former Florida State standout Corey Fuller will coach the defensive backs. Fuller spent 10 seasons in the NFL with Minnesota, Cleveland and Baltimore.
And Florida A&M’s offensive coordinator also has NFL experience. Former Rattlers quarterback Quinn Gray was a reserve in the NFL, spending 2002-07 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gray is one of the holdovers from the staff of Joe Taylor, who retired in November.
Florida A&M will hold its spring football game on Saturday at 2 p.m.