Memphis, Tenn. – December 18, 2018 – The Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express announced today the addition of four assistant coaches who will join head coach Mike Singletary for the 2019 inaugural season beginning February 10 when The Express travels to Birmingham.
“We’ve put together a staff rich in experience and knowledge,” said Mike Singletary, Memphis Express head coach. “I know these are men that I can trust as we work together toward a common goal of bringing a championship to Memphis.”
Steve Marshall, Offensive Line
Entering his 40th year in coaching offensive linemen, Marshall started his career at Plymouth State in 1979. He joins the Express having spent the prior three seasons as the offensive line coach for the New York Jets. Marshall played tight end and guard for Vince Gibson’s Louisville Cardinals, graduating in 1979. He’s coached offensive line at 11 different Division I collegiate programs and four NFL teams.
Ty Knott, Running Backs/Special Teams
The former director of player development under Mike Singletary with the San Francisco 49ers from 2009-10, Knott has 18 years of experience in coaching and two as an executive. Knott worked as an assistant coach at Whittier College, Indiana, Mt. San Antonio, Greenville College, Minnesota-Crookston and Texas Southern. In the NFL, Knott spent 2002 as the offensive assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars before taking over as a quality control coach for the Saints, and later the Packers. Knott played defensive back at Oregon Tech.
Oshiomogho Atogwe, Secondary
A former free safety for the St. Louis Rams from 2005-10, Washington Redskins in 2011, and Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, Atogwe begins his coaching career in Memphis. Atogwe led the NFC in interceptions during the 2007 season.
Pepper Johnson, Defensive Line
A player for 13 seasons and coach for 16, Johnson has won two Super Bowls on the field as a member of the New York Giants and three as a coach with the New England Patriots. Johnson spent 13 seasons coaching in New England, starting as an assistant linebacker coach in 2000, moving to inside linebacker coach from 2001-03, taking over as defensive line coach from 2004-11, and culminating with a position as linebackers coach from 2012-13. Johnson moved on to coach defensive line for the Buffalo Bills in 2014 and the New York Jets from 2015-16.