KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday the addition of two coaches. Al Harris will join the club as a defensive assistant/secondary coach and Mark DeLeone will be a quality control coach. The team also announced it will retain Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brent Salazar.
“We are happy to add Al and Mark to our staff,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “Al’s playing experience over 15 years will bring a unique perspective for our players, and in Mark, we have a talented young coach. We’ve also retained Brent Salazar, who has done a nice job over the last six years here in Kansas City.”
Al Harris (Defensive Assistant/Secondary) – Harris begins his first full season as an NFL assistant coach in Kansas City as the Chiefs defensive assistant/secondary coach in 2013. He is starting his coaching career after a 15-year NFL playing career that saw him reach two Pro Bowls and earn an All-Pro selection. Harris spent the 2012 season as a coaching intern under Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin. Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round (169th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Harris went on to play in 194 games (128 starts) with Philadelphia (1998-02), Green Bay (2003-09), Miami (2010) and St. Louis (2011). He was coached by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid with the Eagles from 1999 to 2002 and was acquired by a Packers personnel team that included current Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. Harris spent two seasons (1993-94) at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He then transferred to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1995-96) and was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick in his senior season.
Mark DeLeone (Quality Control) – DeLeone enters his first campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs as quality control coach after holding the same position with the New York Jets last season. Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks in 2012, DeLeone served as a graduate assistant at Temple University (2011), a quality control coach at the University of Florida (2010), director of football operations and assistant offensive line coach at the University of New Hampshire (2009) and as a defensive student assistant coach at the University of Iowa (2007-08). A 2009 graduate of the University of Iowa, DeLeone is the son of George DeLeone, former NFL assistant coach and current offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut.
Brent Salazar (Assistant Strength & Conditioning) – Salazar begins his seventh season in Kansas City as the assistant strength and conditioning coach (2007-13). Prior to joining the Chiefs, he spent one year (2006) as the assistant director of athletic performance at the University of the Pacific. He was responsible for designing and implementing the training regimens for seven different varsity sports during his time with the Tigers. The Denver, Colo., native served as a graduate intern at UNLV in 2005. Salazar assisted the Rebels’ strength and conditioning staff in their regimen with the football team. He was directly responsible for overseeing the training program for the men’s tennis squad and men’s soccer team. Salazar originally started working in the NFL as an intern for the Denver Broncos during the 2005 NFL offseason.