The Chargers officially hired Brendan Nugent as offensive line coach and added two more coaches to Brandon Staley’s staff.
Chris Gould has been hired as the team’s assistant special teams coach and Mike Hiestand has been added as an offensive assistant, the Chargers announced Tuesday.
Nugent, Gould and Hiestand joined special teams coordinator Ryan Ficken and passing game specialist Tom Arth as the latest coaching additions for the 2022 season.
Here’s a summary of how the five new coaches joined Staley, who is entering his second season with the Chargers:
Tom Arth, passing game specialist: Arth reunited with Staley and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco.
Arth twice hired Staley as a defensive coordinator when he was head coach at John Carroll University. Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon recommended Staley to Arth in 2013. Staley left John Carroll University the following season to coach at James Madison, but joined Arth’s staff for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. before Staley made the jump to the NFL with the Chicago Bears.
Staley tried to reunite with Arth last season after the Chargers hired him as head coach, but Arth decided to stay on as head coach at Akron. Arth joined Akron in 2019 and was fired mid-season last year. He was also the head coach at Chattanooga (2017-2018).
Arth, a Cleveland native, played quarterback at John Carroll University and joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2003 as an undrafted rookie and backup to Peyton Manning. Telesco was a scout with the Colts during Arth’s three-year tenure in Indianapolis. Telesco is also an alumnus of John Carroll University.
Brendan Nugent, offensive line coach: Nugent is also familiar with the Chargers coaching staff.
Nugent spent five seasons working with Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi when they were assistants for the New Orleans Saints between 2016 and 2020. Nugent was promoted to Saints offensive line coach in 2021.
Nugent will replace Frank Smith, who coached the Chargers’ offensive linemen last season before being hired as the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator last week.
Nugent, an 18-year veteran coach, began his NFL coaching career with the Chicago Bears as an assistant on Marc Trestman’s staff.
Chris Gould, Assistant Special Teams Coach: Gould has spent the past seven seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Gould, the brother of San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould, coached with Staley in 2019 when Staley was the Broncos’ outside linebacker coach. Chris Gould served as Denver’s special teams assistant coach between 2017 and 2021.
Gould was a punter and punter at the University of Virginia and professionally kicked in the Arena Football League.
Mike Hiestand, offensive assistant: Hiestand also spent time with Staley on the Broncos coaching staff under then-head coach Vic Fangio.
Hiestand has spent the past three seasons as a defensive assistant with the Broncos. He worked with the defensive linemen as an assistant last year and was Fangio’s assistant between 2019 and 2020.
Hiestand, a linebacker at Illinois State University, coached at the collegiate level for seven seasons before joining the NFL.
Ryan Ficken, Special Teams Coordinator: Ficken returned to Southern California after spending the past 15 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
Ficken was promoted to special teams coordinator for the Vikings in 2021 after serving in various roles within the organization. He started his coaching career as an assistant at UCLA between 2004 and 2006.
Ficken replaced Derius Swinton II, who was let go after one season as the Chargers special teams coordinator.