When the Chamberlain football team takes the field for spring practice next week, it will have a new addition on the sideline familiar to local football fans.
Former Bucs defensive lineman Chris Hovan will be joining the staff to help coach Chamberlain's defensive line, Chiefs coach Joe Severino told the Times on Monday.
"I'm sure he's going to do a good job," Severino said. "We really need guys like him who are fiery and motivated. We need some of the younger guys who are out there who can fire the kids up. I'm sure his knowledge of techniques and stuff is at the highest level. All the kids look up to a professional player."
Hovan, who played five seasons in Tampa Bay, just completed his 11th year in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, but he spent the entire season on injured reserve. He was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2000 after a stellar college career at Boston College, where he was an All-American and Lombardi Award semifinalist.
He was an honorable mention USA Today high school All-American coming out of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.
Severino said he'd like to see Hovan remain on staff in the fall. Hovan has yet to formally announce his retirement from he NFL, but in the past has mentioned his desire to coach after playing.
"That's why you try to do a lot of new things in the spring, to see if they're going to work out," Severino said. "Everything I've seen so far, he's going to be a good addition."
- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)