STAFF - COACHING Leigh Torrence – Defensive Assistant After serving as a coaching intern during training camp in 2015 and the 2016 season, Torrence enters his second full season with the Saints defensive staff assisting with the secondary. In 2012, Torrence concluded a seven-year National Football League career, where he played in 73 games and recorded 94 defensive tackles (68 solo), 66 special teams stops, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed. He played in New Orleans for the last threeand-a-half seasons of his career, playing in 38 games and recording 51 stops (38 solo), 2.5 sacks, two picks, nine
passes defensed and 32 special teams stops. Torrence played at Stanford from 2001-04, where he was a four-year letterman in football and two yearletterman in track, totaling 11 career interceptions. Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Torrence served in an administrative role and as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the Marist School PLAYING CAREER: Stanford, 2001-04; Atlanta Falcons, 2005; Washington Redskins, 2006-08; New Orleans Saints, 2008-11. COACHING CAREER: The Marist School (Atlanta, Ga.), 2014-2015; New Orleans Saints, 2016-.
Rob Wenning – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Rob Wenning enters his ninth season as a member of the club’s strength and conditioning staff. He and Charles Byrd will help Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple in the implementation of the club’s strength and conditioning program Wenning came to the Saints after serving as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at LSU from 2008-10 where he completed his master’s degree in sports management. During his assistantship in Baton Rouge, he served as the primary strength coach for the swimming and diving and men’s tennis teams while assisting with the football and
baseball strength programs. Prior to enrolling at LSU, the Coldwater, Ohio native served a football strength and conditioning internship at Ohio State University from 2007-08. Wenning played on both the offensive line and at tight end at the University of Findlay (Ohio) from 2003-06, where he received a bachelor’s degree in strength and conditioning. PLAYING CAREER: University of Findlay, 2003-06. COACHING CAREER: Ohio State, 2007-08; Louisiana State, 2008-10; New Orleans Saints, 2010-.
Mike Westhoff – Special Teams Mike Westhoff enters his second season with the Saints in 2018 and will continue to work with the team’s special teams units in his 45th year coaching and 32nd in the NFL. Westhoff joined the Saints at midseason in 2017 and the Saints’ special teams unit showed improvement in several areas from 2016. The Saints improved from 31st to sixth in kickoff return average (22.9) and from 29th to sixth in average starting field position after kickoff (25.6). Kicker Wil Lutz made a big jump in his second NFL season, leading the team with 140 points and connecting on 31 of 36 field goals (86.1), tying the club record for field goals. Rookie Alvin Kamara finished with a 31.5 kickoff return average, the highest in franchise history for a season, returning a 106-yard touch-
down in the season finale, the longest in club history. Westhoff began his collegiate playing career at Wyoming in 1965, where he was a starting outside linebacker as a freshman. He transferred to Wichita State where he started for three years at both center and linebacker. He was voted MVP as a junior and served as team captain as a senior before graduating in 1970 with a history degree. PLAYING CAREER: Wyoming, 1965; Wichita State, 1967-69. COACHING CAREER: Indiana, 1974-75, Dayton, 1976; Indiana State, 1977; Northwestern, 197880; TCU, 1981; Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1982-84; Arizona Outlaws (United States Football League), 1985; Miami Dolphins, 1986-2000; New York Jets, 2001-12; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.
Brian Young – Pass Rush Specialist Brian Young enters his third season as the club’s pass rush specialist, and his tenth campaign as a valued member of the New Orleans coaching staff. The Saints improved their sack total from 30 in 2016 to 42 in the 2017 regular season, tied for seventh in the NFL, while adding six more quarterback takedowns in two postseason contests. Young assisted in the success of DE Cameron Jordan, who finished tied for fourth in the NFL with 13.0 sacks in 2017, earning his third Pro Bowl nod and his first Associated Press All-Pro honor.
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Young first joined the Saints coaching staff in 2009 after concluding a nine-year NFL playing career, during which he posted 22.5 sacks and eight fumble recoveries. From 200408, he served as a valuable member of the Saints interior defensive line rotation, starting 58-of-64 contests. Young played at Texas-El Paso from 1996-99. PLAYING CAREER: Texas El-Paso, 1996-99; St. Louis Rams, 2000-03; New Orleans Saints, 2004-08. COACHING CAREER: New Orleans Saints, 2009-.