New jobs in front office

February 05, 2003|By Brent Jones

New jobs in front office

Phil Savage

New title: Director of player personnel

Previous title: Director of college scouting

Age: 37

Background: Twelve years in the NFL, all with Art Modell's franchise. Played football and baseball at the University of the South (Sewanee, Tenn.) and earned a B.A. in English. Has a master's degree in physical education from the University of Alabama. Born in Mobile, Ala.

Responsibilities: Oversees pro and college departments. Will continue involvement with draft as well as analyze professional free agents. Will also assist in contract negotiations.

George Kokinis

New title: Director of pro personnel

Previous title: Assistant director of pro personnel

Age: 35

Background: Twelve years in the NFL, all with Modell's franchise. Was the Northeast area scout for four years before becoming assistant director of pro personnel the past three. Played quarterback and defensive back at Hobart College, where he graduated with a B.A. in psychology. Earned his master's in sports management at the University of Richmond. Born in Wethersfield, Conn. Lives in Owings Mills with wife Elizabeth and daughter Marissa.

Responsibilities: Will analyze and recommend free agents. Plans to continue advance scouting of opponents.

Eric DeCosta

New title: Director of college scouting

Previous title: Midwest area scout

Age: 31

Background: Seven years in the NFL, all with the Ravens. Was a scout for five years. Coached defensive linemen and linebackers at Trinity College. Was a linebacker at Colby College, where he graduated with a degree in English and the classics. Has a master's degree from Trinity. Born in Taunton, Mass. Lives in Baltimore with wife Lacie.

Responsibilities: Will coordinate all regional scouts, organize draft meetings and set school visitation schedule. Also will personally scout players throughout the country. Will come up with the top 150 prospects in conjunction with Savage and general manager Ozzie Newsome and help manage the board on draft day.

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