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February 13, 2013


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — TheDenver Broncos have hired Derius Swinton as assistant special teams coach, Head Coach John Fox announced on Wednesday.

Swinton, 27, who is entering his seventh year in coaching and his fifth season in the NFL, served as a special teams quality control coach for Kansas City in 2012 following three seasons in the same role with St. Louis.

Last season with the Chiefs, he worked with punter Dustin Colquitt, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance after leading the NFL with 54.2 percent of his punts (45-of-83) being downed inside the opponent 20-yard line.

From 2009-11 with the Rams, Swinton helped coach a unit that ranked third in the NFL with a 39.3-yard net punting average and fourth in the league with a 11.0-yard punt return average during that span.

Swinton began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee from 2007-08, aiding a Volunteers defense that ranked No. 3 in the nation in 2008 (263.5 ypg).

A graduate of Hampton University, where he played free safety from 2003-06, Swinton was born on April 26, 1985, in Newport News, Va.

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