INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts on Wednesday added two members to the coaching staff and signed one player as a free agent.
The Colts hired Hal Hunter as an assistant offensive line coach and Tim Berbenich as offensive assistant.
Hunter holds more than 30 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons with San Diego.
In 2012, he served as the team’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach following five years as the offensive line coach and one season as assistant offensive line coach.
Last season, Philip Rivers threw for 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns, marking his fifth consecutive season topping 3,500 yards. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd also established his second-best seasonal receiving total with 814 yards, along with scoring five touchdowns.
Under Hunter’s guidance, the Chargers offensive line had eight Pro Bowl selections, while blocking for three Pro Bowl running backs. From 2006-12, the Chargers averaged 1,843 rushing yards per season and scored 119 rushing touchdowns, a total that ranked second in the NFL during that span. In addition, the line ranked ninth in sacks allowed during that time frame.
Prior to joining the Chargers, Hunter spent 24 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Indiana University where he guided Big Ten Player of the Year, Antwaan Randle El. Hunter also coached at LSU, serving as assistant head coach in 1999. His other collegiate coaching stops include North Carolina (2002-05), Vanderbilt (1991-94), Akron (1987-90), Indiana (Pa.) (1986), Columbia (1985), Pittsburgh (1983-84) and William & Mary (1982).
Hunter’s father (Hal Sr.) was the offensive line coach for the Colts from 1982-84 and also served as the team’s interim head coach for the regular season finale of the 1984 season.
Berbenich has nine years of NFL coaching experience, including six with Tampa Bay. With the Buccaneers, he served as the assistant wide receivers coach (2009-11), assistant running backs coach (2008) and offensive quality control coach (2006-07). In 2008, the Buccaneers running backs totaled 1,837 rushing yards, led by Pro Bowl running back Warrick Dunn.
In Berbenich’s first season working with the wide receivers, he helped Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter achieve career-highs in receiving yardage. In 2010, he tutored a group of wide receivers that featured four rookies, including Mike Williams, who led all rookie receivers in the NFL with 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Colts also signed wide receiver
Kelley, 6-6, 230, played for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League last season, where he appeared in eight games, making 19 catches for 231 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to joining the Blaze, Kelley played one season for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2011, where he had two receptions for 15 yards and played on special teams.
Kelley played four years for the University of Maine and tallied 13 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown. He also saw action on special teams and returned one punt for 10 yards.