Lovie Smith names 11 new assistants, including son


New Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith used his year off to plan for his return to coaching, and it’s obviously paying off.

After having already named coordinators Leslie Frazier and Jeff Tedford, the Buccaneers announced the hiring of 11 more assistants Thursday.

The previously reported names include: Marcus Arroyo (quarterbacks), Joe Cullen (defensive line), Hardy Nickerson (linebackers), Kevin O’Dea (special teams coordinator) and Tim Spencer (running backs).

The new names announced along with those five were: Andrew Hayes-Stoker (wide receivers), Dave Kennedy (head strength and conditioning coach), Larry Marmie (senior defensive assistant), Mikal Smith (safeties), Ben Steele (offensive quality control) and Matt Wiegand (assistant offensive line).

Mikal Smith happens to be Smith’s son, which wasn’t mentioned in the team’s release.

The younger Smith spent last year coaching nickelbacks in Dallas, and had three years as a quality control coach and defensive assistant on his dad’s staff.