Seattle Seahawks

Dwaine Board returns to Seahawks as Pete Carroll rounds out defensive staff

The Seahawks have brought back a member of their first Super Bowl coaching staff of a decade ago. They also rounded out their new defensive staff by hiring two defensive backs coaches, one for each position in the secondary.

Seattle announced Wednesday that Dwaine Board, its defensive line coach from 2003-08, is returning to be the assistant to defensive line coach Travis Jones. Board had been coaching at a high school in the Bay Area.

The Seahawks also hired Florida A&M defensive coordinator Chris Cash to be an assistant coach in the secondary working with cornerbacks, and former New Orleans Saints assistant Andre Curtis to be an assistant coach with the safeties. They will combine to replace secondary coach Kris Richard, the Seahawks’ new defensive coordinator.

Since leaving the Seahawks’ staff following Mike Holmgren’s exit as coach at the end of the 2008 season, Board has been an assistant with the Oakland Raiders for two seasons, the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12 and for Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, in 2013-14. He is one of 20 people to win a Super Bowl both as a player and a coach.

Cash was a second-team all-Pac-10 cornerback while playing at USC in 2000-01 for current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Cash was in the NFL as a player for five years, three with Detroit and two with Atlanta. He’s been at Florida A&M the past two seasons.

This is Curtis’ fourth NFL team as an assistant. The Virginia Military Institute graduate was the safeties coach for the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11 and assistant secondary coach for the Saints from 2012 through last season.

Carroll said last month at the league’s scouting combine in Indianapolis that promoted defensive assistant Rocky Seto will have more of an overarching, multiposition role on Richard’s defense.

Richard was the Seahawks’ secondary coach before coordinator Dan Quinn left last month to become Atlanta’s coach.


Carroll met Wednesday with media attending the league meetings in Phoenix. Among other things, he reportedly told them:

• Defensive end Cassius Marsh is fully healthy and ready to go for 2015 after being sidelined from October on last season with a broken foot. Carroll likened that return of last season’s rookie from UCLA to getting an extra draft pick.

• Carroll said the Seahawks will use some of their 11 choices in next month’s draft on offensive linemen.

• The coach said he’s been speaking with Michael Bennett almost weekly since the Super Bowl and the defensive end has not once mentioned wanting a trade. That again contradicts a lone report from the Star-Telegram newspaper in Fort Worth, Texas, last week.

• The Seahawks hope to re-sign free-agent Stephen Schilling. The Bellevue High graduate was one of four centers to play for Seattle last season before he went on injured reserve in November with a knee injury.