Pep Hamilton, a former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator who also coached Andrew Luck at Stanford, has been hired as the Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach, the team announced Tuesday.
Hamilton succeeds Shane Steichen. Steichen was promoted to offensive coordinator in January after serving in the position on an interim basis for the final eight games of the 2019 season following the firing of Ken Whisenhunt.
Hamilton was the Colts offensive coordinator from 2013-15, when they won two AFC South championships and led the league in passing in 2014. Luck was selected to the Pro Bowl for both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Hamilton was Stanford’s quarterbacks coach in 2011, when Luck was the runner-up in voting for the Heisman Trophy in his final season with the Cardinal.
Hamilton coached the XFL’s DC Defenders to a 3-2 record earlier this year. The Defenders were in a three-way tie for the XFL’s East Division lead when the league suspended play March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Hamilton has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, most recently as the Cleveland Browns assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in 2016. He also coached with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.
Hamilton was Michigan’s assistant head coach/passing game coordinator from 2017-18.
The Chargers also announced on Tuesday the signing of running back Derrick Gore, who spent the 2019 season the Washington Redskins practice squad after playing four preseason games for the Chargers, including scoring the game-winning touchdown in the preseason finale.
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