With less than 200 days to go until Alabama kicks off against Utah State to open the 2022 season, the Crimson Tide staff looks to be rounding out nicely.

While there is turnover every season at a place like Alabama, this year saw the Tide retain some semblance of consistency, keeping both Pete Golding and Bill O'Brien as the coordinators. Alongside Golding and O'Brien, Saban also managed to keep several other pieces of the staff in place, most notably Holmon Wiggins as wide receivers coach and Robert Gillespie as leader of the running backs.

While Saban is bringing back a large portion of the staff from last season, there are holes that need to be filled, so here is a breakdown of all of the new additions to the Crimson Tide coaching staff.


Travaris Robinson - Cornerbacks Coach

Robinson started his coaching career in 2007 at Auburn as a graduate assistant under Tommy Tuberville before quickly moving on to coach the cornerbacks at Western Kentucky. After taking the position with the Hilltoppers, Robinson worked his way up the ranks, returning to the SEC in 2011 as the defensive backs coach for Florida. Since then, the former Auburn cornerback saw stints with his alma mater, South Carolina and Miami before joining the Alabama staff.

Photo Courtesy of @Charlie_Potter on Twitter
Photo Courtesy of @Charlie_Potter on Twitter

Eric Wolford - Offensive Line Coach

Wolford spent last season as a member of the Kentucky staff where his offensive line finished as a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation's top unit. The 'Cats rushing attack averaged over five yards per carry in 2021, finding room behind their well coached front. Prior to his lone season in Lexington, Wolford spent time with several big time programs across the country and even saw a brief stint in the NFL with the 49ers.

Coleman Hutzler - Special Teams Coordinator/OLB Coach

Hutzler joins the staff from Ole Miss where he spent just one season. Prior to his year with the Rebels, the Las Vegas native served as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Texas as well as spending time with New Mexico, Florida, Boston College and South Carolina. In his time in Oxford, Hutzler's special teams units put up very solid numbers, holding opponents to just 20.59 yards per kick return and 4.47 yards per punt return.

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Joe Cox - Tight Ends Coach

Many Tide fans may remember watching this former Georgia quarterback on Saturdays. Joe Cox suited up for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2005-09, mainly serving as the backup to Matt Stafford. In his final year, however; Cox led Georgia to an 8-5 record, winning the Independence Bowl over, then Big 12 member, Texas A&M. The former signal caller began his coaching career in 2014 at a high school in Charlotte, NC before moving into college football the next season. Cox spent four years at Colorado State before taking a job with South Carolina and then Charlotte where he joins Alabama from.


Todd Grantham

Todd Grantham most recently spent a rather disappointing few years with the Florida Gators before being fired prior to the conclusion of the 2021 season. Despite a tough end to his time with Florida, Grantham has seen a lot of success in the SEC before, most notably in his time with the Georgia Bulldogs as the defensive coordinator from 2010-2014. In four years with the program, Grantham's units never ranked outside the top 50 in total defense and even reached as high as fifth in the nation in 2011.

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Photo courtesy @SSN_Alabama on Twitter

Zach Mettenberger

Mettenberger is likely still a fresh face in many Alabama fan's minds, as he served as the quarterback for the LSU Tigers from 2011-13. Prior to his time with the Tigers; however, Mettenberger was also a member of the 2009 Georgia team that featured Joe Cox. After redshirting his freshman year and being kicked off the team, Mettenberger spent a year at Butler Community College in 2010 where he led the Grizzlies to an 11-1 record and a NJCAA National Championship appearance. A sixth round pick in 2014, Mettenberger spent three years in the NFL before seeing time in the AAF and The Spring League.

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Derek Dooley

Derek Dooley and Nick Saban are very familiar with one another. The duo have worked together before with Dooley leading the tight ends and running backs while under Saban at LSU as well as coaching his tight ends while he was with the Dolphins. After leaving Miami and spending a few years as head coach at Louisiana Tech, Dooley took over the Tennessee Volunteers in 2010 and posted a 15-21 record in three seasons. Since his stint with the Vols, Dooley has spent time with three NFL franchises as well as another stint in the SEC with Missouri as the offensive coordinator from 2018-19.

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