Jan 21, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Alabama head coach Nick Saban signs autographs for local fans following the Senior Bowl south squad practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Saban was in town to watch his former players perform for NFL coaches and scouts. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football: Kerry Stevenson joins staff as new Director of Player Development

The University of Alabama football program filled another open staff position Thursday with the hiring of Kerry Stevenson as the Tide’s new Director of Player Development.

Stevenson, who has spent the last ten years as the Vigor (Ala.) High School head football coach, replaces Kevin Sherrer at the position. Sherrer was hired on Jan. 11 as the new defensive coordinator at South Alabama.

“We have known Kerry for many years, thought highly of him as a person, and had a great appreciation for the way he ran his program at Vigor,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “He will be an excellent addition to our staff, and we look forward to him and his family joining us in Tuscaloosa.”

A Birmingham native, who has played and coached football in Alabama for much of his life, Stevenson has always felt an affinity for the Tide.

“I want to thank Coach Saban for this opportunity,” said Stevenson. “It is an honor to work for the best coach in the country at the best college football program in the country. Growing up not far from here, I have a special appreciation for the great history and tradition at The University of Alabama. Then as a high school coach in the state, it was impressive to see how Coach Saban built the program back up to an elite level. I’m excited to be here and I know my family feels the same way.”

At Alabama, Stevenson will help work with the players on any personal issues. He will also oversee in making sure the players keep up with their academics and volunteer work within the community.

Prior to the hiring, Stevenson has already worked with some Alabama football players. At Vigor, Stevenson coached former Alabama defensive back B.J. Scott, and current Tide players Jalston Fowler and Marvin Shinn.

In 2008, Stevenson led Vigor to a 15-0 state championship-winning season alongside Fowler and Shinn.

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