Panthers add two more assistant coaches

At this pace, the Carolina Panthers will have Ron Rivera’s first coaching staff filled out quickly.

Less than an hour after the team announced Eric Washington had been hired as defensive line coach, two more assistants were named. Pete Hoener has been hired as tight ends coach and Fred Graves will be the wide receivers coach.

Hoener comes to the Panthers after spending the last six seasons in San Francisco where he helped develop Pro Bowl performer Vernon Davis. Hoener and Rivera worked together in Chicago in 2004 when Hoener served as the Bears offensive line coach. Previously, he worked with the Arizona Cardinals and Hoener worked with legendary offensive line coach Jim Hanifan with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1985-86. Hoener had interviewed with the Washington Redskins and at the University of Texas.

Graves comes from the Tennessee Titans where he helped bring along Kenny Britt. He also made NFL stops in Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit. Both new hires also have extensive histories coaching in the college ranks.

“We are very pleased to have Fred and Pete join our staff,” Rivera said in a statement. “They
bring an extensive coaching background and have developed a number of young receivers in the NFL.
They are both highly regarded and will make a strong contribution to our offense.”

They will work under offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

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