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February 10, 2015


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have hired Fred Pagac as outside linebackers coach and Tony Coaxum as assistant special teams coach, it was announced on Tuesday.

Pagac (pronounced PUG-itch) owns 37 seasons of coaching experience, including 13 years as a linebackers coach in the NFL. He most recently coached that position with the Buffalo Bills in 2014.    

Before joining the Bills, Pagac spent eight seasons (2006-13) in Minnesota, coaching linebackers for seven of those years and serving as defensive coordinator in 2011. During that time, he coached linebackers Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson as the pair combined for three Pro Bowl selections.

Pagac began his NFL coaching career as linebackers coach for Oakland from 2001-03 and moved on to instruct that same group with Kansas City from 2004-05.

A former tight end at Ohio State University from 1971-73, Pagac signed with the Chicago Bears as a college free agent and appeared in 28 career NFL games with Chicago (1974) and Tampa Bay (1976).

Pagac began his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant under legendary Head Coach Woody Hayes from 1978-81. During his 23-year tenure with the Buckeyes, he also served as linebackers coach (1982-95), defensive coordinator (1996-99) and assistant head coach (2000).

He was born on April 26, 1952, in Brownsville, Pa.

Coaxum, who has 11 years of coaching experience, spent last season as a special teams coaching intern with the Baltimore Ravens. He also completed NFL Minority Fellowship Programs with the New York Giants (2008) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012) during his seven-year tenure as an assistant coach at Army. 

In Coaxum’s lone season with the Ravens, the team finished fifth in the 2014 NFL special teams rankings compiled by the Dallas Morning News. Baltimore ranked first in the league in kickoff return average (28.3), gross punting average (47.4) and net punting average (43.3) while holding opponents to the lowest average field position after kickoffs (20.1-yard line).

A former defensive back at West Point, Coaxum was commissioned in the Field Artillery branch of the U.S. Army in 2000. While stationed in Ft. Bragg, N.C., he began his coaching career as a secondary coach at 71st High School in Fayetteville, N.C.

Coaxum also served as co-defensive coordinator at Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., for two seasons (2005-06) before entering the college ranks to coach with the Black Knights in 2007.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1976, in Charleston, S.C. 

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