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Alabama Football: Kelvin Sigler to Join Staff at Northern Illinois


Kelvin Sigler, who served as defensive analyst on Coach Saban’s staff last season, has been hired by Northern Illinois University. He will serve as a defensive backs coach for the Huskies, giving him an opportunity to return to coaching on the field. He joins first year head coach Rod Carey, who was promoted after Dave Doeren left NIU for N.C. State.

Prior to joining the staff at Alabama, Sigler was head coach at Blount High School in Mobile, where he made the state playoffs all four years he was there. As a player, his time in the NFL was limited to one year with the Miami Dolphins. He spent his college career at Alabama where he played strong safety from 1995-1998 and started his last three years. As a player, he was known for his aggressive play, accumulating six interceptions and 179 tackles for the Tide.

Success breeds success and attrition is a natural process on any championship coaching staff. Last week, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland left for the Philadelphia Eagles after two years — and two BCS Championships — at Alabama. Coach Saban is known for his ability to recognize talent on the field and off the field and has generally done an excellent job recruiting staff members for the Crimson Tide. Coach Sigler will do an excellent job for the Huskies and Tide fans, always proud of the ever-expanding coaching tree, should wish his the best in his coaching career.

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