Oregon football adds Ron Aiken to staff as defensive line coach

Posted by Matt Walks on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:12 pm.

Oregon has found its new defensive line coach, following the loss of Jerry Azzinaro, who followed Chip Kelly to Philadelphia.

Ron Aiken, a 57-year-old South Carolina native, has been hired to replace Azzinaro, the third appointment to new head coach Mark Helfrich’s cabinet. Aiken has spent the last six seasons as a D-line coach with the Arizona Cardinals.

“Ron Aiken is an icon in the defensive line community,” Helfrich said in a press release. “His vast experience – coaching in all phases at the high school, college and pro level – will complement our current staff.”

“When speaking with former colleagues and players he coached, three words came up every time: fundamentals, respect and character. We are excited to welcome Ron and his wife, Sheryl, into the Oregon family.”