Written By Carolina Panthers Communications Dept.
Charlotte, N.C.--The Carolina Panthers have hired Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach, Jim Skipper as running backs coach and Al Holcomb as linebackers coach, the team said Monday.
Dorsey moves to the coaching staff after serving as a pro scout for the Panthers since 2011.
A standout quarterback at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1999-2002, Dorsey helped lead the Hurricanes to the 2001 national title and holds numerous school career passing records. He is a two-time Heisman trophy finalist and won the 2001 Maxwell Award and 2002 Archie Griffin Award. He played professionally for seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2003-05), the Cleveland Browns (2006-08) and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts (2010).
Skipper returns to the Panthers after two seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2011-12), having previously served nine seasons (2002-10) with the Panthers as running backs coach with additional duties as assistant head coach in the final five seasons. In his tenure with the Panthers, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Stephen Davis each reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark; and in 2009, Williams (1,117) and Stewart (1,133) became the first running back tandem in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards in one season.
Skipper has coached 26 seasons in the NFL and nine in the college ranks. Skipper began his NFL coaching career with the New Orleans Saints (1986-95) before joining the Arizona Cardinals (1996) and New York Giants (1997-2000). He also spent one season as the head coach with the XFL's San Francisco Demons (2001) before joining the Panthers. Skipper's pro coaching career started with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL from 1983-85. He entered the college coaching ranks as a defensive backs coach at Cal Poly-Pomona from 1974-76 and at San Jose State from 1977-78. Skipper coached running backs coach at Pacific (1979) and then at Oregon (1980-82) before moving to the professional ranks.
Holcomb joins the Panthers after four seasons with the New York Giants' coaching staff, the last two as defensive assistant. The Giants won Super Bowl XLVI following the 2011 season. Prior to joining the Giants, Holcomb spent three seasons as the defensive line coach at Lafayette.
In 2007, Lafayette allowed an NCAA-best 260.1 yards per game. In the summer of 2007, Holcomb participated in the NFL's minority coaching internship with the New York Jets.
He coached collegiately at Division II Kutztown University (2004-05), Bloomsburg (1998-2003) and Division III Colby College (1997) and was a graduate assistant at Temple (1995-96). A graduate of West Virginia University, Holcomb began his coaching career as linebackers coach at Morgantown High School in the fall of 1994, and served as a volunteer administrative assistant with the Mountaineers while pursuing his graduate degree.