PITTSBURGH─ The Steelers announced today that Al Everest has been hired as the team's new special teams coordinator.
Everest, who will oversee all areas of the Steelers' special teams, will enter his 14th NFL season as a special teams coordinator in 2010. He most recently coached with 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).
Everest has more than 37 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.
Everest was a two-year starting safety for Southern Methodist University from 1970-71.