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Redskins Hire Hightower as Special Teams Assistant


The Redskins have named Richard Hightower as assistant special teams coach, the team announced on Monday.

Hightower will assist special teams coordinator Danny Smith.

Last year, Hightower worked as assistant coach-wide receivers for the University of Minnesota.

Before joining the Gophers' staff, Hightower served as the special teams assistant for the Houston Texans (2007-08).

Hightower first joined the Texans as a coaching administrative coordinator (2005-06), working closely with the defensive backs and special teams.

"We knew we would need someone with a lot of energy to keep up with Danny Smith, and Richard is that coach," executive vice president/head coach Mike Shanahan said. "He has both youth and experience, and he will be a great asset to our special teams and our organization."

Hightower played college football at the University of Texas (1999-2002), joining the team as a walk-on before earning a scholarship during his senior season. At Texas, he played in 33 games, recording 22 tackles while seeing time at defensive back, wide receiver and on special teams.

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