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Seahawks Announce Coaching Changes for the 2013 Season
Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have named Travis Jones defensive line coach and Nick Sorensen coaching assistant/special teams coach, with Dave Canales now assuming the role of assistant quarterbacks/offensive quality control coach, Nate Carroll offensive assistant and Marquand Manuel defensive assistant, the team announced this afternoon.
Jones spent the last five seasons with the New Orleans Saints as assistant defensive line coach and entered the NFL coaching ranks with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-07, where he was on the same defensive staff as current Seahawks defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn.
“Travis is an outstanding coach,” said Quinn. “He’s got energy out on the practice field and is a good teacher. I’ve always thought he did an excellent job in preparing his guys. We are fortunate to have him here and I couldn’t be more thrilled knowing he’s a guy who sees it exactly like I do.”
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia, in 1997 as a graduate assistant/defensive line before moving on to Appalachian State (1998-00), Kansas (2001-02) and LSU (2003-04), where he was the defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.
Jones was a four-year letter-winner for the Bulldogs (1990-92, 94) as a defensive lineman and served as team captain as a senior, playing one season with the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL in 1995 following graduation. He earned his master’s degree in 1998.
He and his wife, Melody, have three children.
Sorensen spent 10 years in the NFL between St. Louis (2001-02), Jacksonville (2003-06) and Cleveland (2007-10) as a safety. He saw action in 131 games primarily on special teams, collecting 133 special teams tackles, along with 27 tackles on defense (18 solo) and 0.5 sacks.
He volunteered as defensive quality control coach for Youngstown State in 2012. Sorensen and his wife, Danielle, have two children.