Fred Graves

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Fred Graves
San Diego Chargers
Date of birth: (1950-03-02) March 2, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California[1]
Career information
Status: Active
Position(s): Wide receivers coach
College: Utah
Organizations
As coach:
1975-1976

1977-1978

1979-1981

1982-1989

1990

1991-1993

1994

1995-1997

1998-2000

2001-2003

2004

2005

2007-2010

2011-2012

2013-present
Northeast Missouri State
(wide receivers/tight ends)
Western Illinois University
(wide receivers/tight ends)
New Mexico State University
(wide receivers/tight ends)
University of Utah
(wide receivers)
University of Utah
(running backs)
University of Utah
(wide receivers)
University of Utah
(asst. head coach/wide receivers)
University of Utah
(offensive coordinator)
University of Utah
(asst. head coach/wide receivers)
Buffalo Bills
(wide receivers)
Cleveland Browns
(wide receivers)
Detroit Lions
(wide receivers)
Tennessee Titans
(wide receivers)
Carolina Panthers
(wide receivers)
San Diego Chargers
(wide receivers)

Fred Graves is an American football coach who is currently employed by the San Diego Chargers as their wide receivers coach. He was previously employed by the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills as well as several universities at the college level.

Playing career[edit]

Graves was a running back and wide receiver at Utah University from 1969-1971. As a senior, he led the team with 45 receptions.

Coaching career[edit]

Graves' coaching career began at Northeast Missouri State where he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach from 1975-1976. He later moved on to Western Illinois University and New Mexico State University where he held the same position. In 1982, Graves returned to his alma mater, Utah, where for the next 18 years he served in a variety of positions including wide receivers coach, running backs coach, offensive coordinator, and assistant head coach. In 2001, Graves went to the NFL to be the wide receivers coach for the Buffalo Bills until 2003. Graves served as the wide receivers coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and the Detroit Lions in 2005 before joining Jeff Fisher with the Tennessee Titans in 2007 as their wide receivers coach, a position he held until 2010. In 2011, Graves became the wide receivers coach for the Carolina Panthers under new coach Ron Rivera.[2] [3][4] In 2013, Graves became the wide receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers under new Head Coach Mike McCoy.[5] Graves has been known to employ some unorthodox tactics as a coach; his receivers routinely catch bricks in order to improve their hands.[6]

Personal[edit]

Fred and his wife Michele have two children: a daughter Amber, and a son Marcus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennessee Titans: Fred Graves". Tennessee Titans Staff. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Carolina Panthers: Fred Graves". Carolina Panthers Coaching Staff. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Titans position coach to watch: Fred Graves". AFC South Blog. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Strickland, Bryan. "Panthers hire trio of coaches". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Meet the 2013 Chargers Coaching Staff". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Titans position coach to watch: Fred Graves". AFC South Blog - ESPN. Retrieved 24 September 2012.