The Seahawks have announced several changes shuffling up their scouting department.
Tag Ribary, in his 16th season with the club, has been promoted to director of team operations and will oversee team security, team video, facility and equipment departments.
Trent Kirchner has been promoted to fill Ribary’s previous role as director of pro personnel. Kirchner, who started as an intern in the team’s communications department (a great place to start, by the way), enters his fourth year with the Seahawks after spending eight seasons (2002-09) as a scout with the Carolina Panthers.
Former Panther’s 2001 first-round draft pick Dan Morgan takes over Kirchner’s former title of assistant director of pro personnel. Morgan spent the last two years with the Seahawks as a pro scout.
Josh Graff, who spent the last two seasons as an intern in the Seahawks scouting department, has been promoted to national scout and will rep the club in the Carolinas Region for National Scouting, Inc.
Jim Nagy has been hired on as the southeast area scout to replace Derrick Jensen, who retires after 22 seasons with the club. Jensen, who is currently battling ALS, made the team’s final two picks in April’s draft on what just so happened to also be his 57th birthday, selecting offensive guard Jared Smith and offensive tackle Michael Bowie via conference call with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
Derrick Jensen had been a scout with the Seahawks for 22 years, but he was forced to retire in December because he’s battling ALS.
Saturday, which just happened to be his 57th birthday, general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll had Jensen make the team’s final two picks in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
“We had a really cool moment in (the draft room) where we got him on the speaker phone and he actually made the last two picks for us,” Schneider said. “He joked around with us while he was doing it. He’s doing great.”
Added Carroll, “We were just lucky to have a chance to kind of celebrate with a little bit him today.”