Posted Monday, February 7th 2011 @ 3pm
The Cleveland Browns today announced the additions of Dwaine Board, Bill Davis, Mark Whipple and Mike Wilson to the club’s coaching staff. Board joins the Browns as defensive line coach, after most recently spending the 2009 season as the defensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Before joining the Raiders, he spent six seasons (2003-08) as the defensive line coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Board began his NFL coaching career in 1990 as the defensive line assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, after a successful 10-year playing career.
A fifth-round (137th overall) draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1979 NFL Draft, Board was released by the Steelers and joined the 49ers as a rookie, where he registered a team-leading seven sacks. He played with San Francisco from 1979-88, and retired in 1988 after joining the New Orleans Saints for the final four games of that season.
A native of Rocky Mount, Va., Board and his wife, Lynne, have three daughters, Camille, Allie and Tessa Raine.
Davis re-joins the Browns as the team’s linebackers coach. He previously served as the club’s defensive quality control coach during the 1999 season. Davis spent the previous four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, where he coached linebackers (2007-08) and was the team’s defensive coordinator (2009-10).
From 2005-06, Davis served as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Before becoming the 49ers’ defensive coordinator, he spent four seasons tutoring the linebackers of the New York Giants (2004) and Atlanta Falcons (2001-03). He spent the 2000 season in Green Bay as a defensive assistant/defensive line coach with the Packers. He also spent four seasons leading the Carolina Panthers’ linebackers unit (1995-98).
Davis’ first NFL coaching position came with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, where he spent three seasons as the defensive quality control coach. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Davis attended Berea (Ohio) High School.
His father, Bill Davis, spent 15 seasons in the NFL as a coach and executive, including six years (1981-86) with the Browns as director of player personnel and later vice president of personnel. Davis and his wife, Sherry, have four daughters, Monica, Brooke and twins Grace and Ava, and a son, Billy.
Whipple joins the Browns as quarterbacks coach. Whipple most recently spent the 2009-10 seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami. Prior to joining the Hurricanes staff, Whipple spent the 2008 season as an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. He entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, spending three seasons (2004-06) as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
Under his tutelage, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set a new NFL rookie record for completion percentage (66.4%) and passer rating (98.1%), while becoming the first rookie quarterback in league history to win his first 13 regular season starts. A native of Tarrytown, N.Y., Whipple and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Spencer and Austin.
Wilson joins the Browns as wide receivers coach. Most recently, Wilson spent the 2009-10 seasons as the wide receivers coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL. Prior to his stint with the UFL, Wilson spent three seasons (2004-06) with the Arizona Cardinals, coaching both tight ends (2004) and wide receivers (2005-06). Wilson also spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Southern California (1997-99).
Prior to his stint at USC, he spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1995-96) as the club’s wide receivers coach. Wilson began his coaching career at Stanford University, where he served as wide receiver and tight ends coach from 1992-94 under head coach Bill Walsh. A ninth-round (250th overall) draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFL Draft,
Wilson spent 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1981-90) as a wide receiver, where he amassed 159 receptions for 2,199 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. During his career with San Francisco, Wilson helped the 49ers to four Super Bowl titles, six NFC Championship game appearances and eight division titles. A native of Los Angeles, Wilson has two daughters, Samantha and Emma. *Please see attachments for complete bios on each coach.