Report: Alabama’s Director Of Player Development Leaving For Ole Miss

Alabama is losing its director of player development, Freddie Roach, to the Ole Miss Rebels.

It looks like Nick Saban is losing another member of his coaching staff this offseason. On Wednesday it was reported that Alabama’s director of football operations, Justin Dickens, was leaving he program. Now a day later, the Crimson Tide’s director of player development, Freddie Roach, is said to be leaving for Ole Miss.

According to Bruce Feldman, Roach will assume the defensive line coaching position under Hugh Freeze with the Rebels. This after turning down other offers from Power Five programs.

Roach joined Saban’s coaching staff in 2015, filling a void left by Chris Samuels. He was a linebacker for the Crimson Tide from 2002-05.

This was his second coaching stint under Saban, having worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Tide from 2008-10.

Prior to Alabama, he was the defensive ends and linebackers coach for South Alabama.

Earlier on Thursday, beat writer Matt Zenitz reported that the Crimson Tide are hiring Joe Pannunzio as their tight ends and special teams coach.

Pannunzio was Alabama’s director of football operations from 2011-14.

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