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Rex, Jets tab Hughan as S&C coach

In his new book, Jets coach Rex Ryan

In his new book, Jets coach Rex Ryan says his team is now the "it" football franchise in New York. Credit: Joe Epstein

The Jets have found Sal Alosi's replacement: Bill Hughan.

Hughan has been hired as the team's strength and conditioning coach, the Jets announced today. The team also announced Bryan Dermody, who was hired last season as a strength and conditioning coaching assistant, will be retained in his same position.

Hughan, a native of Oxford, Conn., joins the Jets after three seasons as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Falcons. Before his stint with Atlanta, Hughan was the Raiders' assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2004-07.

He also spent time in the collegiate ranks, serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Missouri from 2001-03, a graduate assistant at Columbia University from 1999-2000, and an assistant coach at Yale University from 1997-98. Hughan also worked for the Omaha Royals -- formerly the Golden Spikes (Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate) -- between his time at Columbia.

Hughan's hiring comes two weeks after Alosi's resignation. The Massapequa native, who played at Hofstra, had been suspended indefinitely since Dec. 13 for sticking out his knee during his infamous sideline trip of Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll in the Jets' 10-6 loss a day earlier.

Alosi was fined $25,000 for the incident and failing to disclose all the information during the Jets' initial investigation of the matter. The Jets were also slapped with a $100,000 fine by the NFL for what the league felt was a dangerous tactic and a competitive violation in attempting to gain an advantage with that sort of tactic.

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