INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts today have named Greg Manusky the team's new defensive coordinator, Marwan Maalouf as the special teams coordinator, Roy Anderson as the safeties coach and Roger Marandino as the strength and conditioning coach. The team also retained David Walker as running backs coach, Richard Howell as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and Clyde Christensen for a position to be named later.
Manusky has 11 years of NFL coaching experience and spent the 2011 season with the San Diego Chargers as the team's defensive coordinator. The Chargers defense was stout in three-straight wins against Jacksonville (14 points allowed), Buffalo (10 points allowed) and Baltimore (14 points allowed). Manusky coached the likes of linebacker Antwan Barnes who set a career-high with 11 sacks (ranked 11th in the NFL) and safety Eric Weddle who posted a career-best of seven interceptions (ranked tied for first in the league).
Prior to joining the Chargers, Manusky spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. In 2009, the 49ers defense did not allow a touchdown in five separate games while forcing an NFL-best 21 fumbles, allowing 3.6 yards per rush and sacking opposing quarterbacks 44 times. He had a previous stint with the Chargers from 2002-06 as the team's linebackers coach. In his last season in that position, Manusky's linebackers accounted for 42.5 of the team's 61 regular season sacks.
Manusky began his coaching career as the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins in 2001. He had a professional playing career that lasted 12 years and included stops in Washington, Minnesota and Kansas City.
Maalouf spent the last four seasons as the assistant special teams coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News ranked the 2010 Ravens special teams unit eighth in the NFL, up 10 spots from the previous year. In 2009, Baltimore ranked second in the NFL in both kickoff return average (26.3) and opponents' average starting field position (26.9).
From 2004-06, Maalouf was the Special Teams Quality Control Coach for the Cleveland Browns. During his final season, he coached Josh Cribbs who finished third in the NFL with 1,545 total return yards. The Browns' punt return average of 10.3 yards also ranked seventh in the NFL.
Maalouf spent two seasons (2002-03) as an assistant offensive line coach at Rutgers following a one-year stint at Eastern Michigan as a graduate assistant. He also held two terms as an assistant offensive line coach for Fordham (2001) and Baldwin-Wallace College (2000).
Anderson joins the Colts after spending the last seven seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. From 2005-07, he started as a players personnel assistant and moved on to a coaching assistant (2008), defensive assistant (2009) and in 2010, added the secondary title. During his tenure with the Ravens, the defense has ranked sixth in the NFL in net passing yards per game allowed (200.5). He has also guided one of the most dominant safeties in the league in Ed Reed. Over his career, Reed has compiled 57 interceptions, six of which he returned for touchdowns. In 2010, Reed posted his second highest interception total with eight.
Anderson was a graduate assistant at LSU in 2004 and guided the likes of wide receivers Dwayne Bowe, Buster Davis, Skyler Green and Early Doucet. He was a student assistant for Florida State in 2003 following his coaching debut at Florida A&M as a graduate assistant in 2002.
Marandino joins the Colts after spending the 2011 season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to working with the Eagles, he held 16 seasons (1995-2010) as the director of strength and conditioning at Brown University where he oversaw 37 varsity sports. In his time at Brown, Marandino was a two-time NSCA Ivy League Coach of the Year and was named the NSCA National Strength and Conditioning Professional of the year in 2000.
Prior to his time at Brown, Marandino served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Connecticut from 1993-95. While at Connecticut, he earned his Master's degree in Sports Biomechanics. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Adult Fitness from Kean University. Marandino holds three national championships as a competitive power lifter.
Walker joined the team last season as the running backs coach and guided Donald Brown to a career-best season (645 yards and five touchdowns). He came to the Colts following six seasons at Pitt in the same capacity. Walker was the running backs coach at Syracuse from 1995-2004 and oversaw a school record four consecutive 1,000-yard rushers from 2000-03, a school record.
Howell has been with the Colts for the last 12 seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He was also a member of the North Carolina strength and conditioning staff (1998-99) as well as the Barcelona Dragons (1999). From 1994-98 he was an assistant coach at Davidson College (1994-98).
Christensen spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Colts (2010-11). He has been a member of the Indianapolis coaching staff for 10 seasons and holds 16 years of NFL experience. In 2010, Christensen oversaw an offense that posted its 13th consecutive season with 5,000-plus net yards while the club posted 400-plus points for the 10th time in the past 13 seasons.