The Alabama Crimson Tide football team and head coach Nick Saban recently welcomed 3 new members to it's staff. Doug Nussmeier, Lance Thompson, and Chris Samuels all took different routes to get to Tuscaloosa, or, in the case of Thompson and Samuels, to get back to Tuscaloosa. No matter what route they took, all that matters now is they find themselves with the difficult task of joining and meshing within a staff that has become accustomed to succeeding at a high level. Although the task is a difficult one, all 3 men have the pedigree to get the job done. Let's take a moment to get to know these coaches and what they bring to the table.
Doug Nussmeier-Doug comes to the University of Alabama after a 3 year stint as the offensive coordinator of the University of Washington, where he helped to groom current Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Nussmeier helped to oversee Washington's transformation from a stagnant offense to one of the top offenses in the Pac-10. Before getting in to coaching, Nussmeier had a highly successful playing career. Nussmeier was a 4 year starting quarterback for the University of Idaho Vandals, where he won the 1993 Walter Payton Award, which is given annually to the top player in Division 1-AA. Nussmeier is also one of four quarterbacks in NCAA history to throw for at least 10,000 yards and rush for at least 1,000 yards. He is joined in that elite fraternity by Steve (Alcorn State), Daunte Culpepper (Central Florida), and Coli (Nevada). Nussmeier also had a 5 year pro career as a backup quarterback, spending his first 4 with the New Orleans Saints while ending his career with the Indianopolis Colts. Doug will be filling the position left vacant by coach Jim McElwain, who has left to become the head coach of Colorado State University.
Doug Nussmeier's Coaching Career
- Alabama 2012-present (OC)
- Washington 2009-2011 (OC/QB)
- Fresno State 2008 (OC)
- St. Louis Rams 2006-2007 (QB)
- Michigan State 2003-2005 (QB)
- Ottawa Renegades (CFL) 2002 (QB)
- BC Lions (CFL) 2001 (QB)
Lance Thompson-Lance comes back to the University of Alabama for his 3rd stint as a member of the Alabama staff, and also his 3rd stint as an assistant to head coach Nick Saban. Thompson's job at Alabama will be two-fold. On the field he will work directly with the linebackers, a unit he helped to mold in his previous stint at the Capstone before leaving for Tennessee. Off the field, he will be expected to contribute his expertise on the recruiting trail. In fact, Thompson is credited with being the assistant at Bama who was the lead recruiter on getting Heisman Trophy Finalist and 2011 Doak Walker Award Winner Trent Richardson to come to Tuscaloosa. Thompson's coaching career has included multiple gigs in the SEC, a stint as defensive coordinator at Central Florida, and a long stretch as a jack of all trades at Georgia Tech. Thompson had a successful playing career as a four year letterman at The Citadel. Lance will be taking over the linebacker corps in place of Sal Sunseri, who has left the Capstone to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.
Lance Thompson's Coaching Career (RC-Recruiting Coordinator)
- Alabama 2012-present (LB)
- Tennessee 2009-2011 (LB/DL)
- Alabama 2007-2008 (LB)
- Central Florida 2004-2006 (DC)
- LSU 2002-2003 (TE/RC)
- Georgia Tech 2001 (RC)
- Alabama 1999-2000 (DL)
- Georgia Tech 1988-1998 (DL/DE/TE/RC/Dir of Football Ops/Vol Asst/Grad Asst)
Chris Samuels-Alabama's third new addition to the staff really needs no introduction. Chris Samuels is one of the greatest offensive lineman to ever wear the crimson jersey. Chris started 42 consecutive games in his Alabama career and never yielded a sack. His standout year was 1999, which will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest single seasons by any offensive lineman in college football history. Chris won the 1999 Outland Trophy, the 1999 Jacobs Award as the SEC's best blocker, was a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Trophy, a consensus first team All-American selection, and a first team All-SEC selection on the Tide's SEC Championship team. He was also the main contributor to the success of Tide running back Shaun Alexander and his SEC Player of the Year campaign. After a stellar college career Chris was taken as the third overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Although Chris' pro career was ultimately cut short by injury, he still managed to be a one time All-Pro(2001) and a six time Pro-Bowler(2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Chris' pro career was cut short by a condition he had called spinal stenosis, which occasionally caused partial upper-body paralysis. Chris retired from the NFL on March 4, 2010. Chris returns to the Capstone after one season as the offensive coordinator at Blount High School in Prichard, Alabama. Chris will serve as a student assistant coach for Coach Saban and assistant offensive line coach at Alabama while working to complete his degree.
Chris Samuels' Coaching Career
- Blount High School (Prichard, AL.) 2011 (OC)
It is with great pleasure that we welcome these men to the Capstone. They have big shoes to fill, but have shown in their previous coaching stops that they will bring everything they have to the table to help the Tide continue this string of Championship success.