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Packers announce coaching & personnel moves

The Green Bay Packers have named Kirk Olivadotti inside linebackers coach, Justin Outten tight ends coach and Adam Stenavich offensive line coach. Head Coach Matt LaFleur made the announcements Thursday.

 

Olivadotti has spent 16 seasons as a coach in the NFL, all with the Washington Redskins. He is one of 11 members of the Redskins’ assistant coach honor roll, which recognizes coaches with at least 10 seasons of service as an assistant in Washington. During his time with the Redskins, Washington ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in overall defense eight times. The past five seasons (2014-18), Olivadotti coached inside linebackers for Washington. From 2011-13, he served in the same position at the University of Georgia. Prior to his stint with the Bulldogs, Olivadotti spent 11 seasons with the Redskins as a defensive assistant (2010), linebackers coach (2007-09), defensive line assistant/special teams assistant (2006), defensive quality control/special teams assistant (2004-05) and defensive quality control/defensive back assistant (2000-03). After being a four-year letterwinner as a wide receiver at Purdue from 1993-96, he took his first coaching job, tutoring wide receivers and tight ends at Maine Maritime Academy in 1997. Olivadotti then spent two seasons (1998-99) as an assistant coach for Indiana State.

 

Outten (OW-ten) was the offensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons the past two seasons (2017-18). He began with the Falcons as an offensive intern in 2016. Over the last three seasons, Atlanta has averaged 27.2 points per game (No. 4 in the NFL over that span) and 389.9 yards per game (No. 3 in the league over that span). Before joining the Falcons, Outten worked as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Westfield High School in Houston, Texas from 2008-15. Over that span, he helped coach 24 offensive linemen that received scholarships to play in college and also coached one high school All-American. From 2007-08, Outten was a graduate assistant at Syracuse University, the school he played on the offensive line for from 2003-06.

 

Stenavich comes to the Packers after serving as the assistant offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers the last two seasons. He helped coach a line that cleared the way for RB Matt Breida to average 4.96 yards per carry in 2016-17, ranking No. 5 in the NFL over that span (min. 200 att.). The line also blocked for a passing attack that recorded 4,247 yards in 2018, the ninth most in franchise history. Prior to joining the 49ers, Stenavich spent six years in the college ranks. He first worked as a strength and conditioning intern at the University of Michigan (2011), then a graduate assistant for the Wolverines (2012-13) and then coached the offensive lines at Northern Arizona University (2014) and San Jose State (2015-16). The Marshfield, Wis., native played left tackle at Michigan (2002-05) and was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2004-05. Following his collegiate career, Stenavich signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent. He was signed to the Packers’ practice squad in 2006, played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europa in 2007, spent the 2008 training camp with the Dallas Cowboys and was on the Houston Texans’ practice squad for two seasons (2009-10).

 

 

 

The Green Bay Packers also named Milt Hendrickson director – football operations. The announcement was made Thursday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

 

Hendrickson is entering his 15th season in the NFL and first with the Packers. His first NFL experience came as a training-camp intern for Green Bay in 2004. Hendrickson went on to work 14 seasons in the personnel department of the Baltimore Ravens. During his time in Baltimore (2005-18), the Ravens won a Super Bowl and four division titles, appeared in the playoffs eight times and won 138 games (including postseason), the sixth most in the NFL over that span. With the Ravens, Hendrickson was a player personnel assistant in 2005, worked primarily with the pro personnel staff in 2006-07, was promoted to Midwest area scout after the 2008 NFL Draft, was named mid-regional scout following the 2013 NFL Draft and was promoted to national scout after the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

Prior to joining the Ravens, Hendrickson was a coach in high school and college. After serving as the team captain for both the football and baseball teams at Luther College, he went on to earn his master’s degree in exercise and sports science-sports administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 1996, he was the assistant offensive line coach at UW-La Crosse. From 1997-99, Hendrickson was the head varsity football coach at De Soto (Wis.) High School while teaching language arts and social studies at De Soto Middle School. He then went back to Luther to coach the offensive line/running backs from 2000-01 and then served as the associate head coach/special teams coordinator/offensive line coach from 2002-04.

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