Steelers officially announce Kugler's hiring as offensive line coach

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Thursday that they have hired Sean Kugler as their offensive line coach, confirming NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora's Wednesday report.


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Kugler replaces Larry Zierlein, an original member of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's staff in 2007. Zierlein and special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky were fired last week after the Steelers (9-7) missed the playoffs.

Kugler, a former UTEP player, worked with the offensive linemen and tight ends with the Detroit Lions from 2001 to 2005. He was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Boise State in 2006 before joining the Bills in 2007 as an assistant offensive line coach. He was promoted to offensive line coach in 2008, but the Bills fired their entire coaching staff last week.

Kugler also spent eight seasons at UTEP as an assistant coach and a graduate assistant.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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