The New Orleans Saints have hired Ed Orgeron as defensive line coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. Orgeron, a veteran of 23 years in the college coaching ranks and a native of South Louisiana, served as the head coach at the University of Mississippi from 2005-07.
Before being hired by Ole Miss, Orgeron was the defensive line coach and assistant head coach at USC, where he played a key role in the Trojans winning the national championship in 2003 and in 2004. He joined the Southern Cal staff in 1998 and was named assistant head coach in 2003.
Orgeron has also had previous stints at Syracuse (1995-97), Nicholls State (1994), the University of Miami (Fla.) (1988-92) and Arkansas (1986-87). While at Miami as defensive line coach, he tutored eight All-Americans, including NFL first-round picks Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp.
Orgeron attended South Lafourche High School in Galliano, La., where he played with former Saints' quarterback Bobby Hebert on the school's Class 4A state championship team in 1977.