2nd Year in the NFL • 2nd Year with the Bills
Jim Salgado is in his second year with the
Buffalo Bills as a defensive assistant.
Salgado came to Buffalo in 2017 after a seven-year stint at Princeton
University (2010-16). He spent his first three seasons as the team’s
defensive backs coach before taking over the defensive coordinator position
in 2013. While at Princeton, the Tigers won the Ivy League championship in
2013 and 2016. Salgado coached 11 All-Ivy League defensive backs and
24 All-Ivy League defensive players during his tenure.
Salgado graduated from Hofstra with a degree in psychology in 1993. He
served seven NFL fellowships, most recently with the Houston Texans
(2010), Cleveland Browns (2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012). He
also participated in the NCAA’s Advanced Coaching Program and Expert
Coaching Program in 2004, as well as the Minority Coaches Forum in
2008. Salgado and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons Jalen and Lincoln, and
one daughter, Laila.
SALGADO’S COACHING HISTORY
Buffalo Bills 2017-present Defensive Assistant
Princeton 2013-16 Defensive Coordinator
Princeton 2010-12 Defensive Backs
Cornell 2009 Assistant Coach/Linebackers
Syracuse 2005-08 Defensive Backs
Northeastern 2004 Defensive Backs
Hofstra 2002-03 Defensive Backs
Northeastern 2000-01 Defensive Backs
Millersville 1997-99 Defensive Backs
Boston 1996-97 Defensive Backs
Western Connecticut 1995 Defensive Backs
Hofstra 1994 Defensive Backs
Running Backs Coach
12th Year in the NFL • 2nd Year with the Bills
Kelly Skipper is in his second year with the
Buffalo Bills as the team’s running backs
In Skipper’s first season in Buffalo in 2017, the Bills ranked sixth in the
NFL in rushing, with 126.1 yards per game. With this guidance, running
back LeSean McCoy rushed for 1,138 yards, the fourth most in the NFL,
and earned his sixth Pro Bowl berth. Additionally, McCoy became the
30th player in NFL history to top the 10,000-yard plateau. Prior to his time
with the Bills, Skipper spent two seasons (2015-16) with the Jacksonville
Jaguars as the team’s running backs coach. In 2015, he tutored rookie T.J.
Yeldon, who became the first Jaguars rookie to surpass 1,000 scrimmage
yards since Maurice Jones-Drew (1,377) in 2006.
Before his time with the Jaguars, Skipper spent eight years with the Oakland
Raiders (2007-14), where he served as the team’s running backs coach
for six seasons, after two years as tight ends coach. In 2013, he oversaw a
running backs group that ranked third in the NFL, with 18 rushes of 20-plus
yards. In 2010, the Raiders’ running game ranked second (155.9 yards per
game) in the NFL and established a franchise record by averaging 4.9
yards per attempt. Skipper coached at several college programs including,
Washington State (2003-06) and UCLA (1998-02).
Skipper was born in Brawley, Calif. He earned his degree in business. He
was inducted into the Churchill High School (Eugene, Ore.) Hall of Fame
in 2008. Skipper and his wife, Mary, have two children, Kaelen and Darius.
His father, Jim, is a longtime NFL assistant and currently serves as running
backs coach for the Carolina Panthers, and his brother, Tim, is the defensive
coordinator at UNLV.
SKIPPER’S COACHING HISTORY
Buffalo Bills 2017-present Running Backs
Jacksonville Jaguars 2015-16 Running Backs
Oakland Raiders 2007-14 Running Backs
Washington State 2003-06 RBs/Special Teams Coach
UCLA 2001-02 Offensive Coordinator
UCLA 1998-00 RBs/Kickoff Return Coach
Fresno State 1991-97 RBs/Return Specialist Coach
Fresno State 1989-90 Graduate Assistant
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