Raiders announce two new coaches

February 10, 2012, 1:20 am
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Going along with all of the coaching movement seen in this offseason, the Raiders have two new additions to their coaching slate -- linebackers coach Johnny Holland and assistant special teams coach Keith Burns.

Holland, on the other hand, joins the Raiders as a seasoned NFL veteran -- both as a player and assistant coach. Holland played seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers. Following his retirement, he was honored with induction into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2001 to commemorate his six consecutive seasons of at least 100 tackles. Holland joined the Pack's staff under Mike Holmgren from 1995-1997, where he saw the team clinch back-to-back NFC Championships and secure a victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. As an alumnus and Hall of Famer of Texas A&M, he returned to his Texan roots to serve as linebackers coach for the Houston Texans for five years. There, he mentored DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing, who both earned accolades of AP Defensive Rookies of the Year.

Burns returns to the Golden State after a full resume of collegiate-level coaching experience, most recently served as the defensive backs coach at Ole Miss. Previous to his tenure there, Burns stood at the helm of Kansas State's secondary in 2010 and served as defensive coordinator at Arkansas for two campaigns, helping lead the Razorbacks to two consecutive bowl appearances. In 1998, he was among the five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award to honor the nation's best assistant coach.

Northern California and the Raiders staff will be no stranger to Burns, considering this is his third local coaching position. He spent time in a number of positions at the University of the Pacific and San Jose State University, including defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach. While serving as the University of Tulsa's head coach from 2000-2002, the Silver and Black's current head coach Dennis Allen was among his assistants.

Burns and Holland are the two latest additions to new GM Reggie McKenzie's coaching staff that also saw John Defilippo, Ted Gilmore hired and Al Saunders returned.