Jaguars hire two assistants, head athletic trainer


The Jacksonville Jaguars announced early Monday morning that they’ve hired Scott Trulock to serve as the new head athletic trainer and added two new additions to the coaching staff as well.

Trulock, only the second trainer in franchise history, replaces Mike Ryan who was with the team for 19 seasons dating back to the team’s inaugural season back in 1993. Ryan retired in order to have more free time to spend with his wife and two daughters.

Trulock brings with him 11 years of NFL experience which he obtained prior to his most recent job as head trainer for the University of North Carolina football team. After graduating from Valdosta State University in 1994 with his undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and in 1996 from North Carolina with his master’s degree in athletic training, he became an assistant athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles until 1998.

In 1999, he took the same position with the San Diego Chargers. In 2002, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he served as the director of rehabilitation for two seasons. He joined the Denver Broncos in 2004 as an assistant athletic trainer for two seasons before joining the football team at North Carolina.

While working in the NFL, Trulock was a member and the director of research for the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society (PFATS). It was his responsibility to lead the surveillance of injury data in order to establish trends in injury patterns to NFL players.

Robert Saleh, the former defensive quality control coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, re-unites with head coach Gus Bradley and defensive line coach Todd Wash as the new linebackers coach in Jacksonville. Also joining the staff is former Nevada defensive coordinator, Scott Hazelton as the assistant linebackers coach.

Saleh, 35, was responsible for assisting the defensive staff with day-to-day duties, while focusing on the development of the linebackers while at Seattle for the past three years. Before his stint in Seattle, he spent five seasons with the Houston Texans as a defensive assistant before serving as the assistant linebackers coach his final two years with the club.

While in Houston, Saleh oversaw the growth of Texans linebackers, including Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year performances by DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing. He came into the NFL with 8 years of collegiate experience, four as a coach (Georgia, Central Michigan, and Michigan State) and four as player as he was a four-year starting Tight End for Northern Michigan University.

Hazelton, 40, brings over 20 years of experience with him to Jacksonville. Before joining Nevada in January of 2013 as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, he spent a season coaching the linebackers at Southern California, responsible for the increase in rankings that the Trojans’ defense saw in pass defense, pass defense efficiency, and tackles for a loss.

In 2007, he joined the coaching staff at North Dakota State as a defensive line coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 2010. In 2011, North Dakota State won the FCS national championship while the Bison defense ranked in the FCS Top 20 in six categories: first in scoring defense, eighth in turnover margin, 16th in pass efficiency defense, 17th in rushing defense, 19th in sacks and 20th in total defense.

Hazelton spent the 2006 season as the linebackers coach at Michigan Tech before serving as the defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern from 2004-05.  He was the defensive backs coach at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota from 2002-03, bur began his coaching career at Fort Lewis College, his alma mater, coaching the secondary for four seasons (1996-99) and serving as interim defensive coordinator in 1998.

His ties to the coaching staff stem from his time as a graduate assistant after being a linebacker and three-year letter winner at Fort Lewis College, working with the safeties for two seasons (2000-01) at North Dakota State where he worked under Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and Jaguars defensive coordinator Bob Babich.

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