Byron Storer enters his seventh season as an NFL coach and his third year as the assistant special teams coach with the Silver and Black.
In 2019, Storer worked with a unit that finished eighth in the NFL by holding opponents to an average of just 20.9 yards per kickoff return, a 14-spot improvement from the 2018 season. The Raiders also held opponents to an average starting line of 24.1 following kickoffs, ranking fifth in the NFL.
Storer saw rookie P AJ Cole highlight the special teams unit as he set the rookie franchise record for punting average (46.0), net average (39.4) and punts inside the 20-yard line (33). Cole's 33 punts downed inside the 20 ranked the fifth-most in the NFL and tied for third-most such punts in a single season in franchise history. Cole also booted a 74-yard punt, the third-longest punt in team history and sixth-longest by a rookie in NFL history.
In his first season with the Raiders, Storer helped guide a special teams unit that ranked fourth in the league with an 11.6 punt return average, a 26-place improvement from 2017 (5.7 avg.). Storer saw WR/RS Dwayne Harris total 29 kick returns for 663 yards with 20 punt returns for 281 yards and one touchdown. His 99-yard touchdown return marked the longest punt return in franchise history and is tied for the second-longest in NFL history. Harris was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 4 and Week 16 during his first season in Oakland.
The Raiders saw multiple changes at kicker in 2018 before signing rookie K Daniel Carlson prior to Week 8. Storer helped Carlson connect on 16-of-17 field goals in his 10 contests for the Silver and Black for a 94.1 field goal percentage, which marked a new franchise record. Carlson also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 11 after recording a game-winning, 35-yard field goal.
Storer coached with the Chargers from 2012-13, first serving as a special teams assistant in 2012 before becoming the assistant linebackers coach in 2013. During his first season working with the linebackers in 2013, Storer saw the defense surrender 107.8 rushing yards per game, a figure that ranked 12th in the NFL. In 2012, Storer helped the Chargers' kickoff coverage rank third in the league for opponents' average drive starting position. His unit ranked third in the NFL in field goal percentage (92.6), improving 18 spots after the Chargers finished tied for 20th the year before.
Storer began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent two seasons (2010-11) as an assistant special teams coach and served on current Raiders assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia's staff in 2010. Inheriting a unit that finished last in the NFL in 2009 in field goal percentage, Storer saw an immediate upgrade in his first season as Tampa Bay improved 15 spots in the category with 82.1 percent in 2010 and finished second in 2011 with 92.9 percent. With Storer's assistance from 2010-11, the Buccaneers ranked fourth in field goal percentage (87.5) over that span.
PERSONAL: A native of Modesto, Calif. …Played three seasons (2007-09) as a fullback while also appearing on special teams for Head Coach Jon Gruden at Tampa Bay in his first two years…Saw action in 16 games, including one postseason contest, making six starts before sustaining a career-ending injury in 2008…Originally a walk-on at Cal before becoming a starter and three-time all-conference selection…Earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications…In 2014, left the Chargers to help start a new branch of his family's transportation business, Storer San Francisco…From 2014-2017, advanced from Shop Assistant to General Manager, operating commuter shuttle transportation for some of the largest tech companies in the world…Storer and wife, Ashley, have two daughters, Bennie and Lulu.