New England Patriots

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By Alex Barth,

Add another name to the exclusive list of coaches who have worked for both Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, the Patriots are hiring former Alabama special teams quality control coach Joe Houston to be the team’s assistant special teams coordinator.

Before joining Alabama in 2019, Houston served as the special teams coordinator at Iowa State. He started his coaching career at El Camino Community College in 2012, before moving on to Toledo in 2015, then to ISU a year later.

Houston was USC’s starting kicker in 2010, hitting 10 of his 16 field goals and all 43 extra points as a redshirt senior.

The Patriots are currently without a special teams coordinator after Joe Judge took the head coaching job with the New York Giants. Cameron Achord has served as the assistant since 2018 and is still listed in the role, although he could be promoted with the hiring of Houston.

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