Jets hire LSU’s McGaughey as special teams coordinator

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – Rex Ryan filled his final coaching vacancy on Wednesday by naming LSU special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey to the same position with the Jets. McGaughey replaces Ben Kotwica who left the team to join the Washington Redskins’ staff  last month.

The Jets went outside the NFL to hire new special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey from LSU.

McGaughey had been with LSU since 2011 where his special teams were one of the top units in the NCAA. Prior to joining LSU, he spent time as an NFL assistant with the Chiefs, Broncos and Giants where he was on Tom Coughlan’s Superbowl staff in 2007.

Rumors had been floating that the team was interested in luring former Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff out of retirement, but those rumors were quickly squashed by Westhoff who publicly stated he had no interest in coming back into the NFL.

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