The Green Bay Packers have promoted Rich Bisaccia to assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, hired Greg Williams as passing game coordinator (defense), promoted Ryan Downard to defensive backs coach, promoted Jason Rebrovich to pass rush specialist and hired Tim Lester as senior analyst, Rob Grosso as an offensive quality control coach and Kyle Wilber as special teams quality control coach. Head Coach Matt LaFleur made the announcements on Friday.
Bisaccia (bis-SOTCH-ee-uh) joined the Packers in 2022 as the special teams coordinator, helping Keisean Nixon earn first-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press. Nixon was the first Packer kick returner to earn a spot on the AP All-Pro team since it added the position in 1976. Nixon (1,009) was the third player in team history to lead the NFL in kickoff return yards (Al Carmichael in 1956 and 1957, Dave Hampton in 1971). Bisaccia has 40 years of coaching experience, including 21 seasons in the NFL as a special teams coordinator, and this will be the 12th season that he has held the title of associate head coach or assistant head coach in the NFL. Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks in 2002, Bisaccia spent 19 seasons coaching at the collegiate level with stops at the Mississippi (1999-2001), Clemson (1994-98), South Carolina (1988-93) and Wayne State College (1983-87). A native of Yonkers, N.Y., Bisaccia attended Yankton College in South Dakota from 1979-1982 and was a four-year starter at defensive back.
Williams brings 19 years of coaching experience to the Packers, including 14 seasons in the NFL. He spent the past four seasons as the cornerbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals. In 2022, Williams guided a cornerback group that helped Arizona rank No. 2 in the league in yards allowed per completion (10.10), the top single-season mark by the Cardinals since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Prior to his time in Arizona, Williams was the defensive backs coach for the Denver Broncos (2018) and Indianapolis Colts (2016-17). His first NFL coaching experience was working seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers, first as assistant linebackers coach (2009-12) and then as assistant secondary coach (2013-15). The former wide receiver and defensive back at the University of North Carolina (1994-97) spent time in training camp with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants while also playing two seasons (1999-2000) with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, one year with the San Francisco Demons of the XFL (2001) and five years in the Arena Football League with the Indiana Firebirds (2001-03) and Chicago Rush (2004-05). Williams began his coaching career at Arizona State as an intern in 2003 and worked as an assistant coach at the College of DuPage for two seasons (2004-05). He then spent two years (2006-07) as Arkansas Tech's defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator before working as a graduate assistant for the 2008 season at the University of Pittsburgh.
Downard (DOWN-erd) enters his sixth season in Green Bay after serving as safeties coach last season, assistant defensive backs coach from 2019-21 and defensive quality control coach in 2018. In 2022, the Packers ranked No. 6 in the NFL in passing defense (197.0 ypg) and tied for No. 4 in interceptions (17). He came to Green Bay after working at Bowling Green for two seasons, serving as the safeties coach in 2017 and the director of football operations in 2016. From 2014-15, Downard was a defensive coaching assistant with the Cleveland Browns, assisting with the defensive line in 2014 and the defensive backs in 2015. Prior to his two seasons with the Browns, he served as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech and Toledo. Downard played defensive back at Eastern Michigan, where he earned honorable mention Freshman All-America recognition from Scout.com in 2007 after ranking No. 2 in the country among freshmen with six INTs.
Rebrovich (reb-row-vitch) is in his second season with the Packers after coaching outside linebackers in 2022. He was part of a coaching staff that helped Green Bay finish No. 6 in passing defense (197.0 ypg) and No. 8 in opponent third-down percentage (37.63) last season. Rebrovich has 21 years of coaching experience, including nine seasons in the NFL (Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017-20 / Buffalo Bills, 2013-16). In 2019, Rebrovich oversaw the development of DE Josh Allen, who led all NFL rookies and broke the single-season franchise record for rookies with 10.5 sacks on his way to earning All-Rookie honors from the PFWA. In 2017, the Jaguars ranked No. 2 in the league with 55 sacks, the second most in a season in team history, as three defensive linemen earned Pro Bowl honors (Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson). Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks, Rebrovich spent 12 seasons coaching at the collegiate level at Syracuse (2011-12), SUNY Cortland (2008-10, 2001-03), Ferris State (2005-07) and Concord (2004).
Lester comes to Green Bay after spending the last six seasons (2017-22) as the head coach at Western Michigan University, where he also was a four-year starter at quarterback from 1996-99 and coached quarterbacks in 2005-06. Prior to being the head coach at his alma mater, he coached quarterbacks at Purdue University in 2016. From 2013-15, he coached the same position at Syracuse University, including doubling as the offensive coordinator during his last two seasons. He went to the Orange after being the head coach at Division III Elmhurst College from 2008-2012, posting a 33-19 record for a .635 winning percentage, the second highest in school history. Lester also served as an assistant at North Central College (2007) and Elmhurst (2002-03). He was the head coach at Division II Saint Joseph's College in 2004, receiving Independent Football Alliance Coach of the Year honors.
Grosso joins the Packers after working as a defensive quality control coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 2019-22. Prior to working for the Cardinals, he was the assistant to the head coach under Vance Joseph for the Denver Broncos in 2018. With the Broncos, Grosso also assisted with the team's outside linebackers and special teams. He was elevated to that position after serving as an operations intern with the Broncos during the 2017 season. Grosso worked with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League during the 2017 season as a coaching/player personnel intern. He got his start in the NFL with Denver for two years (2015-16) as a training camp operations intern before working as a volunteer assistant scout with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders (2016-17) of the Canadian Football League and as a scout for Sports Info Solutions (2016). The former wide receiver at John Carroll University (2011-13) helped with his alma mater's wide receivers for two seasons as a student coaching/recruiting assistant following his playing days.
Wilber played linebacker and defensive end and was a key special-teams contributor in the NFL for 10 seasons (2012-21), appearing in 135 games with 17 starts in the regular season and playing in four postseason contests. He originally was a fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest. After six seasons with the Cowboys (2012-17), he played four seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2018-21). Over his career, Wilber registered 105 tackles (71 solo), six tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, seven QB hits, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries on defense. On special teams, he recorded 58 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Offensive Coaching Staff
- Adam Stenavich – Offensive Coordinator
- Jason Vrable – Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coordinator
- Luke Butkus – Offensive Line
- Tom Clements – Quarterbacks
- John Dunn – Tight Ends
- Ben Sirmans – Running Backs
- Connor Lewis – Assistant Quarterbacks
- Ryan Mahaffey – Assistant Offensive Line
- Quinshon Odom – Coaching Assistant (Minority Fellowship)
- Ramsen Golpashin – Offensive Quality Control
- Rob Grosso – Offensive Quality Control
Defensive Coaching Staff
- Joe Barry – Defensive Coordinator
- Jerry Montgomery – Defensive Line/Running Game Coordinator
- Greg Williams – Passing Game Coordinator
- Ryan Downard – Defensive Backs
- Kirk Olivadotti – Inside Linebackers
- Jason Rebrovich – Pass Rush Specialist
- Tim Lester – Senior Analyst
- Wendel Davis – Defensive Quality Control
- Justin Hood – Defensive Quality Control
Special Teams Coaching Staff
- Rich Bisaccia – Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
- Byron Storer – Assistant Special Teams
- Kyle Wilber – Special Teams Quality Control
Strength and Conditioning Staff
- Chris Gizzi – Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
- Thadeus Jackson – Strength & Conditioning Assistant
- Mark Lovat – Strength & Conditioning Assistant
- Grant Thorne – Strength & Conditioning Assistant