Colts add two to coaching staff
The Indianapolis Colts Wednesday hired Hal Hunter as the team's assistant offensive line coach and Tim Berbenich as offensive assistant.
Hunter holds over 30 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In 2012, he served as the team's offensive coordinator/offensive line coach following five years as the offensive line coach and one season as assistant offensive line coach.
Last season, Hunter's offense featured quarterback Philip Rivers who threw for 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns, marking his fifth consecutive season with 3,500-plus passing yards. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd also established his second-best receiving total for a single season with 814 yards while contributing with five touchdowns.
Under Hunter's guidance, the Chargers offensive line garnered eight Pro Bowl selections, while blocking for three Pro Bowl running backs. From 2006-2012, the Chargers averaged 1,843 rushing yards per season and scored a total of 119 rushing touchdowns, which ranked second in the NFL during that span. In addition, the line ranked ninth in sacks allowed during that timeframe.
Prior to joining the Chargers, Hunter spent 24 years coaching at the collegiate level, including a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Indiana University where he guided Big Ten Player of the Year, Antwaan Randle El. Hunter also coached at Louisiana State University where he served as assistant head coach in 1999. His other collegiate coaching stops include North Carolina (2002-05), Vanderbilt (1991-94), Akron (1987-90), Indiana (Pa.) (1986), Columbia (1985), Pittsburgh (1983-84) and William & Mary (1982).
Hunter's father (Hal Sr.) was the offensive line coach for the Colts from 1982-1984 and also served as the team's interim head coach for the regular season finale of the 1984 season.
Berbenich possesses nine years of NFL coaching experience, including six with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Buccaneers, he served as the assistant wide receivers coach (2009-11), assistant running backs coach (2008) and offensive quality control coach (2006-07). In 2008, the Buccaneers running backs totaled 1,837 rushing yards, led by Pro Bowl running back Warrick Dunn.
In Berbenich's first season working with the wide receivers, he helped Maurice Stovall and Sammie Stroughter achieve career-highs in receiving yardage. In 2010, he tutored a group of wide receivers that featured four rookies, including Mike Williams, who led all rookie receivers in the NFL with 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns.