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Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Head Coach

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Tampa Bay BuccaneersTampa FL,  January 17, 2009 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have named Raheem Morris head coach and Mark Dominik general manager.

Morris, who spent the past two seasons as the Buccaneers defensive backs coach, was promoted to defensive coordinator on December 25, 2008 before being named head coach. Overall, he has spent six seasons on the Buccaneers sideline in two stints with the club.

Morris has quickly risen through the Buccaneers coaching ranks during his time with the team, serving as defensive quality control coach in 2002,defensive assistant in 2003 and assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-2005 before taking over as defensive backs coach in 2007. During his first stint with the club, Morris worked closely with former Bucs defensive backs coach and current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the development of one of the NFL’s top secondaries while also helping the Buccaneers capture their first ever world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. In between stints in Tampa Bay, he spent 2006 as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator.

In his time with Tampa Bay, Buccaneer defenders have been named to the Pro Bowl 16 times. The Tampa Bay defense has finished as the NFL’s top ranked unit on two occasions (2002 and 2005) and in the Top 5 in five of his six seasons with the Buccaneers. Morris’ impact on the secondary has been evident since his arrival in Tampa. As the assistant defensive backs coach, Morris helped guide a secondary that finished first (2004) and sixth (2005) in the NFL in pass defense. During his two seasons in charge of the secondary, the Buccaneers defense finished first (2007) and fourth (2008) against the pass.

Dominik, who joined the Buccaneers as a pro personnel assistant in 1995, has helped guide the Buccaneers to seven playoff appearances, four division titles and the franchise’s first world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders.

He has been intricate in signing key free agents, including WR Antonio Bryant, The Sporting News 2008 Comeback Player of the Year, Pro Bowl KR Clifton Smith, Pro Bowl LB Shelton Quarles, Pro Bowl P Josh Bidwell, K Matt Bryant and T Donald Penn, FB B.J. Askew and DT Chris Hovan.

Dominik started his career in the college and pro personnel departments for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was added to the Buccaneers’ staff in June 1995 as a pro personnel assistant. He served in that capacity through the 1997 season before assuming the title of pro scout in 1998. In 2000 he was elevated to the Coordinator of Pro Personnel before being promoted to the Director of Pro Personnel.

- Tampa Bay Informer
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