Valero staying with Rams as assistant offensive line coach

ST. LOUIS -- New Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo announced Tuesday that Art Valero will remain with the team as assistant offensive line coach.

"We are happy to announce that Art Valero will be retained," Spagnuolo said in a statement released by the team. "Art has been an asset to every staff he has been on, and we feel fortunate to have him with us."

After a long college coaching career, Valero came to the NFL as an assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 through 2007. He then went to St. Louis in 2008 as the running backs coach.

Spagnuolo announced Monday that he had hired former Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom to tutor the Rams' running backs. Croom has coached running backs for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers, and he was the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator from 1997 to 2000.

Spagnuolo has hired 15 coaches since joining the Rams on Jan. 17.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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