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Thu. February 23, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

A day after Jesuit offensive coordinator Ty Alvarez confirmed he had resigned, Tigers coach James Harrell announced he has replenished his staff with roughly 30 years of NFL experience.

Vinny Testaverde, whose son attends Jesuit, will coach the quarterbacks and coordinate the Tigers' passing game; former University of Florida and NFL running back James Jones will coordinate the run game.

Brian McNulty returns as offensive line coach and Bob Roddenberry will continue coaching receivers, Harrell added.

"Coach Alvarez did an outstanding job for our program last season and we wish him the very best," Harrell said in an e-mail to the Times.

"Although, our offense remains in great hands with the additions of Vinny Testaverde...and James Jones. Both these coaches bring over 30 years of NFL experience to the offensive side of the ball."

Testaverde, the 1986 Heisman Trophy winner and first overall draft pick of the Buccaneers the following spring, ranks in the NFL's top 10 alltime in passing yardage (46,223) and TD passes (275).

Jones, who amassed more than 3,600 yards in 10 NFL seasons, previously has assisted at Wharton -- where his sons played -- and was head coach at Pompano Beach Ely -- his alma mater -- for one season in 2007.

He and Harrell were teammates in Detroit for three seasons in the 1980s.

 

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