Of the new faces, we have confirmation that Cameron Achord is now the team’s Assistant Special Teams Coach, replacing Ray Ventrone who took the coordinator job with the Indianapolis Colts. Achord has seven years of coaching experience in the college ranks at almost every coaching position.
Deron Mayo is the team’s Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, replacing James Hardy who is still listed in the role on the team’s website, but is no longer in the media guide. Mayo is the brother of former Patriots captain Jerod Mayo and is a 6-year veteran in the Canadian Football League.
Atif Austin is a new coaching assistant and could fill multiple roles on the coaching down the line. Austin coached wide receivers and special teams at North Dakota State University for four seasons, and he’s also served as running backs coach, offensive coordinator, head coach, linebackers coach, and secondary coach dating back to 2004.
Bret Bielema, former head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers and Arkansas Razorbacks, will serve as the Consultant to the Head Coach, as noted by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Linebackers coach Brian Flores remains in the same position and will not be named the team’s defensive coordinator. Brian Belichick remains a coaching assistant in his third year with the team and second as a coach, as do Cole Popovich (4th year), Mike Pellegrino (4th year), and Demarcus Covington (2nd year).
In the front office, both Camren Williams and D.J. Debick were promoted to area scout after spending two years as a scouting assistant.
(Editor’s note: A prior version incorrectly stated that DuJuan Daniels was promoted to national scout after serving as an area scout. Daniels is entering his 6th season as a national scout. Rich just needs a new pair of glasses.)
The Patriots added Marshall Oium as a pro scout. Oium spent four years with the Cleveland Browns, including the past two as a pro scout.
Alex Brooks, Ray Cottman, Rucker Ingraham, and Taylor Redd are this year’s scouting assistants.