Less than a day after the announcement of Vince Oghobaase as the Eagles’ new defensive line coach, Jeff Hafley’s front of house has gained yet another coach with NFL experience has ties to Hafley from one of his former jobs. The new-look Eagles coaching staff now has just one position left to fill—special teams coordinator.
BC Athletics announced on Friday afternoon that Steve Shimko will take over the management of multifaceted offensive powerhouses including Hunter Long and will be in charge of forming at least two new recruits into college-level players.
Shimko, a former quarterback for Rutgers, crossed paths with Hafley in 2013. At the time, the two were working alongside Head Coach Greg Schiano—Shimko as a student assistant when a shoulder injury sidelined him, and Hafley as a defensive backs coach.
After spending the last two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL as an assistant quarterbacks coach, Shimko will return to the college level on the Heights. With the Seahawks, he helped coach Russell Wilson to earn a spot in the Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL team for the first time in 2019. Wilson also led the team to the Divisional Round of the playoffs this season before falling to the Packers in a tight game.
Before his time in Seattle, Shimko was the offensive coordinator at Garden City Community College in Kansas, where he led the team to an NJCAA National Championship in his first season.
“Steve’s background as a college offensive coordinator and NFL coach brings terrific experience and expertise to our coaching staff,” Hafley said, per BCEagles.com. “He is a very positive, energetic and detailed teacher of the game. We are thrilled to welcome Steve to the Heights.”
In addition to Rutgers, the New Jersey native has also recorded one season each at Georgia and Western Michigan. Shimko has ties to New Jersey, a state that has been a recent source of some of BC’s most prominent recruits, including the likes of Anthony Brown and Vinny DePalma.
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