Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have promoted Director of Pro Personnel Will Lewis to Vice President/Football Operations, Pro Scout Tag Ribary to Director of Pro Personnel and hired Trent Kirchner as the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel, the team announced this morning.
“This is an exciting time for the Seahawks as we are combining experience, talent and loyalty in order to increase our overall effectiveness,” said General Manager John Schneider. “These moves, in addition to the strong presence of Ruston Webster and John Idzik, should provide long-standing stability and leadership to the Seahawks front office.”
All three employees have a background and working relationship with Schneider; working with Lewis in Green Bay and Ribary and Kirchner in Seattle and hiring the two in Washington.
Lewis joined Seattle in his former role on May 20, 1999, following three years in the Green Bay Packers (1997-99) scouting department, where he worked with Mike Holmgren. From 1998-99, he served as the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel, following one year as a pro scout. Prior to Green Bay, Lewis was a defensive assistant coach for the Atlanta Falcons, under June Jones, from 1995-96.
Lewis signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent cornerback from Millersville (Pa.) State in 1980. He played in 26 games returning 45 kickoffs for a 21.4-yard average and 56 punts for an 8.0 average, including a 75-yard touchdown.
Ribary re-joined Seattle last season as a pro scout. He spent 11 seasons with the Seahawks from 1990-2000, serving the last three as the team’s assistant director of pro personnel. Following his time in Seattle, Ribary became the director of pro personnel for the Washington Redskins in 2001. The following season he moved to a pro scouting role with the Carolina Panthers, where he remained through the 2007 season, helping Carolina reach Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Kirchner began his NFL career as a communications intern for Seattle in 2000. He then moved on to the Washington Redskins as college scouting coordinator in 2001 and has spent the last eight seasons as a pro scout for the Carolina Panthers.