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Former Colts Assistant Joe Gilbert Re-Joins College Ranks With Arizona

Joe Gilbert, who served as offensive line coach and assistant offensive line coach the last six seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, has joined the University of Arizona’s staff.


INDIANAPOLIS —A second member of the 2017 Indianapolis Colts coaching staff has re-joined the college ranks.

Joe Gilbert, who served as the Colts' assistant offensive line coach in 2012 and 2016-17 and their offensive line coach from 2013-15, will be the new offensive line coach at the University of Arizona under head coach Kevin Sumlin, the school announced this week.

Frank Giufre, who was an offensive quality control coach in Indy from 2012-17, was also recently named the offensive line coach at UConn.

Gilbert spent his first season in Indy as the Colts' assistant offensive line coach before taking over the group for three seasons. In 2016, the team hired Joe Philbin as assistant head coach/offensive line coach, and Gilbert was retained as his assistant.

Like Giufre, Indy was Gilbert's first NFL coaching opportunity. He began his career as a graduate assistant at Albany in 1987 and made several moves from there, with stops at Pennsylvania, Northeastern, Maine, Mansfield, Toledo, Central Florida, Houston and Illinois.

The Colts now have had 11 coaches from their 2017 staff formally join another team's staff for 2018.

• Former offensive quality control coach Frank Giufre is now on the staff at UConn.

• Former assistant head coach/offensive line coach Joe Philbin, tight ends coach Jim Hostler and assistant special teams coach Maurice Drayton are now with the Green Bay Packers.

• Former offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach Tim Berbenich and running backs coach Jemal Singleton are now with the Oakland Raiders.

• Former wide receives coach Sanjay Lal is expected to assume the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.

• Former quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer is now with the Seattle Seahawks.

• Former special teams coordinator Tom McMahon and defensive backs coach Greg Williams are now with the Denver Broncos.

Former Colts area scout Dave Razzano also has been hired on with the Raiders as their Director of Football Research.

The Colts, meanwhile, are yet to hire a new head coach after their decision to part ways with Chuck Pagano after six seasons. General manager Chris Ballard said after the season that the team's new head coach will have input into the members of his staff in Indy.

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