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Burns and Holland Named to Raiders Coaching Staff

Posted Feb 9, 2012

The Oakland Raiders have added two more assistants to the 2012 coaching staff, assistant special teams coach Keith Burns and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.


Johnny Holland (left) and Keith Burns (right) join the Raiders 2012 coaching staff.

The Oakland Raiders have added two more assistants to the 2012 coaching staff, assistant special teams coach Keith Burns and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.

Burns, a veteran of 28 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, comes to the Silver and Black after serving as assistant coach/secondary at the University of Mississippi in 2011. Burns has coached on two occasions in Northern California, serving in various roles at Pacific (1985-88) and at San Jose State (2004-09). He has been both an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator at the collegiate level and served as head coach at Tulsa for three seasons from 2000-02.

Burns joined the staff at Ole Miss after directing a heralded Kansas State secondary in 2010. Burns also previously served as defensive coordinator at Arkansas for two seasons (1998-99). During his tenure, Arkansas made consecutive bowl appearances, and following the 1998 campaign, Burns was one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. He also spent five seasons under one-time Raiders assistant John Robinson at USC, with the final four as defensive coordinator (1993-97).

Johnny Holland, a veteran of seven NFL seasons as a player and 16 seasons as an assistant coach, comes to Oakland after serving as linebackers coach for the Houston Texans for five years (2006-10). Holland coached two AP Defensive Rookies of the Year during his time in Houston, tutoring DeMeco Ryans (2006) and Brian Cushing (2009).

Prior to joining the Texans, Holland spent three seasons with the Detroit Lions as defensive assistant (2003-04) and linebackers coach (2005). Holland began his coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1995-97 before coaching special teams (1998) and linebackers (1999). While on Mike Holmgren’s staff in Green Bay, he helped lead the Packers to back-to-back NFC Championships following the 1996 and 1997 seasons and a World Championship in Super Bowl XXXI.

Holland played seven seasons for the Packers, posting six straight seasons with at least 100 tackles before retiring in 1994. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2001. A native of Hempstead, Texas, Holland was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Texas A&M before moving on to the NFL as a second round draft choice by the Packers in 1987. Holland was enshrined in the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 1993 and was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000.