FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots have named Shane Waldron as tight ends coach, Jon Robinson as director of college scouting and Monti Ossenfort as a national scout.
Tight Ends Coach Shane Waldron will enter his second season as a member of the Patriots coaching staff and his fifth season with the organization in 2009. Waldron spent the 2008 season as an offensive coaching assistant for New England. He previously spent three seasons with the Patriots as a football operations intern and a football operations assistant from 2002-04.
Waldron re-joined the Patriots in 2008 after spending three seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Notre Dame (2005-07) on head coach Charlie Weis' staff. While with the Fighting Irish, Waldron worked closely with the offensive line. The Portland, Ore. native attended Tufts University, where he was a three-year letterman in football.
Director of College Scouting Jon Robinson will enter his eighth season in the Patriots' personnel department and served as the assistant director of college scouting in 2008. He joined the Patriots in 2002 as an area scout and served in that position for four seasons from 2002-05. In 2006, he became a regional scout and served in that role for two seasons from 2006-07.
Robinson joined the Patriots after four seasons of coaching at the collegiate level, including three seasons at Nicholls (La.) State from 1999-2001. He began his coaching career in 1998 at his alma mater, Southeast Missouri State. Robinson played college football for one season at the U.S. Air Force Academy before transferring to Southeast Missouri State, where he played three seasons as a defensive lineman. Robinson is a native of Union City, Tenn.
National Scout Monti Ossenfort will enter his eighth season in the NFL and his fifth year with the Patriots, joining Bob Quinn as a Patriots national scout. Ossenfort was an area scout for the Patriots for three seasons from 2006-08 and was a personnel assistant for New England in 2003. He gained his first player personnel experience in 2002 as an intern in the Houston Texans' pro personnel department. After spending the 2003 season with the Patriots, he returned to the Texans and served as a pro and college scouting assistant in 2004 and as a college scout in 2005.