STAFF - Coaching Kevin O’Dea - Assistant Special Teams Coach Kevin O’Dea returns for his second year assisting the Saints special teams units, his 31st year coaching and 23rd in the NFL. From 2014-2015, he was the special teams coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2015, he tutored a unit that ranked fourth across the NFL in punt coverage (5.2 avg.). Additionally, the Buccaneers averaged 9.9 yards per punt return, ninth in the NFL. In 2014, O’Dea oversaw a punt coverage group that allowed only 5.8 yards per punt return, second-lowest in the NFL, while forcing 26 fair catches, fifth-most. A native of Williamsport, Pa., O’Dea spent four years in the Coast Guard (1979-83) before
enrolling in Lock Haven, where he earned a fitness management degree and later obtained a master’s degree in education from Virginia. PLAYING CAREER: Lock Haven, 1984-85. COACHING CAREER: Lock Haven, 1986; Cornell, 1987; Virginia, 1989-90; Penn State, 1993; San Diego Chargers, 1994-95; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19962001; Detroit Lions, 2002-03; Arizona Cardinals, 2004-05; Chicago Bears, 2006-07; New York Jets, 2008-09; Hartford Colonials (UFL), 2010; Chicago Bears, 2011-12; Kansas City Chiefs, 2013; Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2014-15; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.
Kevin Petry – Coaching Assistant Kevin Petry enters his first season as a coaching assistant. He is responsible for assisting Head Coach Sean Payton in organizing football operations for the club. Petry is responsible for coordinating the Saints’ meeting and practice schedules and football calendar and orchestration of team and staff events as well as providing administrative assistance to the coaching and operations staff.
This will be Petry’s sixth year as a member of the Saints organization. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, he served as a video assistant. From 2012-14 Petry was a member of the team’s equipment department. The Covington native who prepped at St. Paul’s High School, graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in sports administration in 2013. Coaching Career: New Orleans Saints, 2017-.
Dan Roushar – Offensive Line A 32-year coaching veteran, including two stints as an offensive coordinator, Dan Roushar enters his second season as offensive line coach in his fifth season with the Saints after tutoring running backs and tight ends from 2013-15. In 2016 under Roushar, the line helped the offense finish first in the NFL in net yards per game and second in points per game. The O-line finished tied for sixth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed. Drew Brees set an NFL single season record in completions (471) and led the NFL in passing yardage (5,208). The offensive line also paved the way for RB Mark Ingram to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.
Roushar came to New Orleans following a six-year stint at Michigan State, the final two as offensive coordinator/tight ends coach. Prior to his promotion, Roushar served four seasons as the Spartans’ offensive line coach. Roushar was a two-year letterman as a quarterback at Northern Illinois. PLAYING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1982-83. COACHING CAREER: Northern Illinois, 1984; Butler, 1986-92; Rhode Island, 1993; Ball State, 1994; Illinois, 1995-96; Northern Illinois, 1997-2002; Illinois, 2003-04; Cincinnati, 2005-06; Michigan State, 2007-12; New Orleans Saints, 2013-.
Deuce Schwartz – Coaching Assistant Deuce Schwartz enters his first season as a coaching assistant with the New Orleans Saints. Assisting the Saints coaching staff, he will specifically work with Special Teams Coordinator Bradford Banta and Assistant Special Teams coach Kevin O’Dea in all aspects of the kicking game. Schwartz comes to New Orleans after serving in the same position with the Buffalo Bills from 2015-16, working with the defense.
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The Suffern, New York native played quarterback at Union College, from where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. PLAYING CAREER: Union, 2012. COACHING CAREER: Buffalo Bills, 20152016; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.