Bruce Matthews is now the leading voice of experience in the Tennessee Titans offensive line room.
The team announced Tuesday that Nate Kaczor has been hired as assistant offensive line coach to replace Art Valero, whose contract was not renewed after one year with the organization.
“I really like Nate’s energy and his background,” coach Mike Munchak said in a release announcing the move. “He has experience coaching in the NFL, but also brings a ton of experience as an offensive coordinator on the collegiate level and has coached a variety of positions through the years. “
The extent of Kaczor’s NFL coaching experience is as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ assistant special teams coach for the last four years. He also has 17 years of experience as a college assistant, primarily as offensive coordinator and/or tight ends coach.
His most recent college stop was Louisiana-Monroe, where was co-offensive coordinator in 2007 and tight ends coach in 2006. Prior to that, he also worked at Idaho, Nebraska-Kearney and Utah State, where he played center and was a team captain as a senior.
Valero came to the Titans with nine years of NFL experience and 21 as a college coach. Almost all of his history involved coaching the offensive line, and his presence was considered invaluable given that Matthews, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was a position coach for the first time.
“As it relates to [Valero], we didn’t renew his contract because he wanted the opportunity to coach a position group and we couldn’t offer him that, so we both agreed to move forward separately,” Munchak said.