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Al Everest
Special Teams Coordinator
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Southern Methodist
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Biography

Al Everest is in his second season as the special teams coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Everest, who was hired on January 21, 2010, enters his 15th NFL season as a special teams coordinator.

Al Everest is in his second season as the special teams coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Everest, who was hired on January 21, 2010, enters his 15th NFL season as a special teams coordinator.

In 2010, Everest was instrumental in the development of a group of rookies who provided a spark for Steelers’ special teams. Both rookie wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown played major roles in the special teams’ success. Sanders averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return, including a long of 48 yards, while also returning four punts for 60 yards. Brown returned the team’s only kickoff return for a touchdown, an 89-yarder against Tennessee in Week 2. Rookie linebackers Jason Worilds and Stevenson Sylvestor added to the special teams success by posting a total of 30 special teams tackles in the 2010 season.

Prior to joining the Steelers, Everest coached for the San Francisco 49ers (2007-09) and has also coached in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (2000-05) and the Arizona Cardinals (1996-99). He has more than 38 years of coaching experience in the National Football League, European professional football, college football and baseball. He earned Special Teams Coach of the Year honors in 2007 from the Aguiar Kicking Academy and was named NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year in 2002 when his special teams units had three touchdown returns and blocked five kicks during the season.

Everest began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southern Methodist (1972) and North Texas (1973-74) before becoming an assistant coach at Cameron University (1974-75). He served as athletic director and head football coach at American School Foundation in Mexico City from 1976- 80. From 1981-87, Everest coached baseball at U.S. International University.

Everest coached professional football in Italy for the Legnano Frogs (1988- 90, ‘93) and the Pesaro Angels (1991). He coached the secondary for the Arkansas Minors of the Pro Spring Football League in 1992 and was special teams coordinator for the Canadian Football League’s Birmingham Barracudas in 1995.

Prior to his first stint with the Legnano Frogs, Everest served as athletic director and football coach at the American School Foundation in Mexico City (1976-80). In 1981, he made the decision to return stateside and joined U.S. International University from 1981-87 where he earned a doctorate degree and at the same time was the school’s head baseball coach. Everest was a two-year starting safety for Southern Methodist University from 1970-71. In 1972, he started gaining coaching experience as a graduate assistant for SMU under Head Coach Hayden Fry. Everest then followed Fry to North Texas where he continued as a graduate assistant from 1973-74.

Everest’s dad, Andy Everest, coached at Utah, Stanford, UCSB, SMU, North Texas and New Orleans Saints with Head Coach Bum Phillips. Together they won two Italian Super Bowls and one European Championship.

Everest and his wife, Mischelle, have two daughters, Michelle (22) and Kaycee (15), and live in Wexford, Pa.

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