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Head coach Dave McGinnis of the Arizona Cardinals reacts on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 21 2003 at Seahawks Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 28-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Head coach Dave McGinnis of the Arizona Cardinals reacts on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 21 2003 at Seahawks Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 28-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Rams announced Wednesday that the team has hired longtime NFL assistant Dave McGinnis to serve as assistant head coach.

“I feel very fortunate that we were able to bring Dave aboard,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s been in a variety of roles in this league, from position coach all the way up to head coach. His vast knowledge and experience will be valuable assets to our staff, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Dave again.”

Dave McGinnis, who enters his 39th year as a coach in 2012, joins the Rams after spending the last eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans, seven of which he worked under Fisher.

In 2011, McGinnis served as senior assistant coach where he assisted head coach Mike Munchak and the defensive staff in addition to personnel and administrative duties. McGinnis served as Tennessee’s linebackers coach for seven years and six as assistant head coach.

McGinnis’ coaching experience include 25 seasons in the NFL, including three and a half years as the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals. One of the most respected defensive minds in the game, McGinnis directed the Cardinals defense as their defensive coordinator from 1996 to 2000 before being promoted to the head job during the 2000 season.

He guided three Titan linebackers to new career heights – Keith Bulluck, Stephen Tulloch and David Thornton. Each of the three reached career-high marks in almost every category under McGinnis.

As defensive coordinator in Arizona, he led a group that produced three Pro Bowlers in Aeneas Williams, Eric Swann and Simeon Rice. Rice also earned AP Rookie of the Year honors in 1996 and tallied 51.5 sacks in his tenure with the team, including a franchise record 16.5 sacks in 1999. McGinnis’ 1998 defense helped lead Arizona to the playoffs and ranked third in the league in takeaways with 39.

McGinnis built his reputation and knowledge during a 10-year stint (1986-95) with the Chicago Bears as a linebackers coach, where he worked with one of the best linebacker corps in the game: Mike Singletary, Wilber Marshall and Otis Wilson. He coached Hall of Famer Mike Singletary for seven of his 12 years in the league with each ending in a trip to the Pro Bowl. During his tenure in Chicago, the Bears advanced to the playoffs six times and the defense finished in the top six of the NFL in defense six times, including a first or second place ranking three times.

Prior to joining the NFL ranks, McGinnis spent 13 years in college football with stops at his alma mater Texas Christian University (1973-74, ’82), Missouri (1975-77), Indiana State (1978, ’80-81) and Kansas State (1983-85).

McGinnis was a three-year starter as a defensive back at TCU, where he graduated in 1973 with a degree in business management. He was born in Independence, Kan. and grew up in Snyder, Texas.

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