Nick Saban isn’t done raiding the former Tennessee football staff just yet.
On Tuesday, the Crimson Tide announced it has added Bob Welton as Alabama’s new director of player personnel. It was a hire that was first reported to be happening in early May following the departure of former Tide director of player personnel Jody Wright, who left the role for an on-field coaching position at UAB.
The move comes after Saban added former Tennessee coach Butch Jones, who was Welton’s boss on Rocky Top, as an off-field analyst on the Crimson Tide’s expansive support staff.
“We are excited to add Bob Welton to our staff as the director of player personnel,” Saban said via official release on Tuesday. “Bob has a lot of experience in this role and a reputation for being very organized and an excellent talent evaluator. He has worked at all levels of football, serving as an NFL scout, a player personnel director at the college level and a head coach in high school. Bob is a great fit for this role, and we are happy to welcome his wife Laura and their children to the Crimson Tide program.”
Saban, who has a track record of rehabbing the images of former head coaches such as Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Mario Cristobal and Mike Locksley within his program, must see something in Jones and his former staff member.
“I am very appreciative for the opportunity to work for Coach Saban and the Alabama football program,” Welton said, via Alabama’s release. “Alabama has been the standard for program excellence in college football for a long time. I am excited and humbled to be part of it, and I look forward to doing my part to continue the tradition of success.”
Prior to serving as Jones’ director of player personnel at Tennessee from 2013-17, Welton spent the previous decade (2004-13) as a college scout for the Cleveland Browns.