KC Chiefs coaching staff grows by two

Peter Aiken

The Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff moves continue. Andy Reid confirmed reports that Andy Heck had joined the team as the new offensive line coach, the last big spot on the staff to fill.

The Chiefs announced on Wednesday the addition of two new coaches -- Andy Heck, who will be the offensive line coach and Kevin O'Dea, who will be the assistant special teams coach.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of two more good football coaches to our staff. With Andy and Kevin we have added two experienced leaders to the group," Reid said. "We are close to having the full staff in place which will allow us the opportunity to all get ready for the 2013 season."

Heck is a former NFL offensive lineman, a first round pick out of Notre Dame. He's been in coaching since 2001, having been the offensive line coach of the Jaguars for the last six years. He joined Jacksonville in 2004 as an assistant offensive line coach.


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A little more on Heck:

Prior to joining Jacksonville, Heck served three seasons on the University of Virginia coaching staff, first as a graduate assistant (2001-02) and then as tight ends coach (2003). Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Heck played offensive line for 12 seasons in the NFL. He Played for Washington (1999-2000), Chicago (1994-98) and Seattle (1989-93). Heck was drafted with the 15th overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, he was a first-team All-America selection that co-captained the Fighting Irish to the 1988 national championship with an undefeated 12-0 record. He played tight end for three seasons at Notre Dame before moving to tackle for his final season.

O'Dea is coming from Chicago where he was the Bears assistant special teams coach. He's following Dave Toub, who the Chiefs hired away from the Bears as special teams coordinator.

A little more on O'Dea:

He spent four years in the same role for the Chicago Bears in two different stints with the club (2006-07 and 2011-12). Between his two stops in Chicago he served as special teams coordinator for the New York Jets (2008-09). Prior to his first tour in Chicago, O'Dea served as special teams coach for Arizona (2004-05), special teams assistant for Detroit (2002-03), offensive/defensive assistant for Tampa Bay (1996-01), and defensive/special teams assistant for San Diego (1994-95). He served as assistant strength/defensive line/linebackers coach at Penn State (1992-93) after starting there as a graduate assistant (1991). He was a graduate assistant at Virginia (1989-90) and had one year stints at Cornell (1987) and his alma mater, Lock Haven University (1986).


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