Battery Creek High School graduate James Saxon has been hired as the running backs coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Saxon goes to Pittsburgh after three seasons in the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, who fired head coach Leslie Frazier in December. Saxon switches places with former Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who was hired by new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Before Minnesota, Saxon coached the running backs for the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, who hired Saxon for his first NFL coaching job in 2000.
Among Saxon's students are Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and, most recently, Adrian Peterson.
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In Pittsburgh, Saxon will work with Le'Veon Bell, who rushed for 860 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie in 2013. The Steelers ranked 27th in yards and 29th in yards per carry in 2013.
The 47-year-old Saxon, who graduated from Battery Creek in 1984, played junior college football in California before landing at San Jose State. He was drafted in the sixth round and played eight NFL seasons as fullback for the Chiefs, Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.
He finished with 533 yards rushing and five touchdowns and caught 69 passes for 515 yards.
This past fall, Saxon was part of the first class of Battery Creek's athletics hall of fame.