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Steelers hire Everest as special teams coach

Al Everest, who's coached in the NFL, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, in college and overseas in Italy, was hired Thursday to be the Steelers new special teams coordinator.

Everest, who's coached special teams in the NFL for 13 seasons, takes over for Bob Ligashesky.

He first met with coach Mike Tomlin last Friday.

Everest, 59, had coached in San Francisco from 2007-09, but the 49ers didn't renew his contract after the season. San Francisco ranked last in the NFL in punt returns and No. 23 in kickoff returns this season.

Everest came under fire this season following a 20-17 loss against Seattle when the 49ers fumbled a reverse handoff on a punt return. San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said his special teams practiced the reverse but that he didn't call for it in that game.

"That's my fault for not making that more plain," Singletary said.

San Francisco punter Andy Lee, who starred at Pitt, credited Everest after Lee was named to the Pro Bowl this year for the second time in his career.

At New Orleans, Everest was named NFL special teams coach of the year in 2002. That year, the Saints returned three kicks for touchdowns and blocked five kicks.

Everest is the second assistant brought in by Tomlin following the Steelers' 9-7 season. Sean Kugler began work as the team's new offensive line coach Monday.

Earlier this week, the Steelers filled the vacancy left by quarterback coach Ken Anderson when they moved former wide receivers coach Randy Fichtner to the position.

The Steelers still have to add a wide receivers coach and a defensive assistant to their coaching staff.

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