Falcons add more assistants

The Falcons added a few more names to their coaching staff, announcing today the hiring of three more assistant coaches. Joining new head coach Mike Smith’s staff will be special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, strength and conditioning coach Jeff Fish, and his assistant will be Bill Hughan. The team also announced that Tom McMahon would stay on staff as assistant special teams coach and formally announced that Bill Musgrave has been retained as quarterbacks coach.

Armstrong rejoins the Falcons, having served as safeties (1994-95) and secondary coach (1996) before. He left the Falcons to become special teams coach of the Bears in 1997. He joined the Dolphins coaching staff in the same capacity in 2001 and has been there ever since, where he gained experience working with new offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey the past two seasons. Prior to his stint in Atlanta, Armstrong worked at six different collegiate schools over a seven-year period, including Notre Dame (1993) as linebackers coach, Oklahoma State (1990-92) as secondary coach, Akron (1989) as receivers coach, University of Miami (FL) (1988) as defensive backs and special teams coach, and at Temple (1987) his alma mater as a graduate assistant.

Fish is the fourth strength and conditioning coach for the Falcons in four years. He joins the team from the Oakland Raiders where spent the past four seasons in charge of their strength and conditioning department. Prior to that, he spent two seasons (2001-02) working at the University of Missouri in the same capacity. His previous NFL experience came working with the Kansas Chiefs for three years, first as an intern in 1998, and then becoming their assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1999. In 1997, he was an intern in the strength and conditioning department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to that he was strength and conditioning coach at Tulsa (1995-96) and Kent State (1993-94), and the assistant at Clemson (1991-92) and Western Michigan (1989). Fish played wide receiver at Western Carolina where he graduated in 1988.

Hughan has worked with Fish on each of his last two coaching stops, as an assistant with both the Raiders (2004-07) and at Missouri (2001-03). Prior to that he was a graduate assistant at Columbia (1999-00) and Yale (1997-98).

McMahon will enter his second year with the Falcons in his current capacity, having joined the team a year ago from Louisville.

Musgrave enters his third year with the team in his current capacity. Musgrave worked with Smith in 2003 and 2004 when he coordinated the Jacksonville Jaguars offense.

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