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Hawks formally announce Ruel hire

The Seattle Seahawks formally announce Pat Ruel has been hired as the offensive line coach, replacing Alex Gibbs.

The Seattle Seahawks have named Pat Ruel, who was Head Coach Pete Carroll's offensive line coach the past five seasons at the University of Southern California, to fill the same position with the Seahawks, the club announced today.

Ruel, 59, has NFL experience. He was a guard for the Miami Dolphins (1971-72) and coached the offensive line with the Detroit Lions (2000), Green Bay Packers (2001-02), Buffalo Bills (2003) and New York Giants (2004). He also coached at Washington State (1978-81), spending two seasons as the offensive line coach before adding the duties of offensive coordinator his final two years.

He was not retained by Lane Kiffin at USC, and was preparing to coach for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010.

Ruel, whose given first name is Golden, played at Coral Gables High School and the University of Miami. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra.

Also, check out the video below to get a feel for Ruel's coaching style while at USC.