Derrick Ansley enters his first season with the Oakland Raiders as defensive backs coach
after spending the past 13 seasons coaching at the college level, winning the 2018 College
Football Nation Championship and the 2011 BCS National Championship. Ansley joins the
Raiders after spending the past two seasons in the same role with Alabama.
From 2016-17, Ansley served his second stint with Alabama as the defensive backs coach, posting a
27-2 record during that time. He helped the team earn back-to-back appearances in the College Football
Playoff, winning the College Football National Championship this past season. Ansley helped the unit
lead the nation in scoring defense and total defense both seasons. Additionally, he helped the defense
rank fourth in the nation in passes defensed with 85 and seventh in interceptions with 19 in 2017.
Ansley tutored two-time All-American Minkah Fitzpatrick as he transitioned from corner to
safety in 2016 and developed into one of the top defensive backs in the nation, earning the Chuck
Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards in 2017 before being drafted 11th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In addition to Fitzpatrick, Ansley has helped five of his players get drafted over the last two seasons.
S Ronnie Harrison and CB Anthony Averett were selected in the third and fourth round, respectively,
of the 2018 NFL Draft. In the 2017 NFL Draft, CB Marlon Humphrey was selected 16th overall and
S Eddie Jackson was drafted in the fourth round.
Before returning to Alabama, he spent three seasons at Kentucky as the cornerbacks coach
(2013-14) and the secondary coach (2015). He helped Kentucky set a school record with six
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defensive touchdowns while creating 23 turnovers, a number that ranked second in the SEC in 2015.
In 2012, Ansley served as the defensive backs coach at Tennessee, where he helped the
Volunteers improve their national ranking in interceptions by 28 places.
In his first stint at Alabama, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant from 2010-11,
helping the Crimson Tide produce a 22-4 record during that span and win the 2011 BCS National
Championship. In 2011, Ansley worked with a defense that led the nation in scoring defense, total
defense, pass defense and pass efficiency defense. As a graduate assistant, Ansley tutored All-
Americans Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie.
Ansley began his coaching career at NCAA Division III Huntingdon College, working with the
defensive backs from 2005-09. During his tenure at Huntingdon, Ansley helped guide the team to
its first winning season and the school’s first playoff appearance, producing a winning record in four
of the five seasons he was on staff.
PERSONAL: Native of Tallassee, Ala. …Played defensive back for four seasons at Troy from 2001-
04…Earned all-conference honors as a senior in 2004…Finished third in the nation in interceptions
(nine) as a junior in 2003…Earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism…Worked toward a
master’s degree in sports management as a graduate assistant at Alabama…Ansley and his wife,
Alaea, have a daughter, Selena.
1st season in NFL
1st season with Raiders
D’Anthony Batiste joins the Raiders for his ninth NFL season and first season as the Raiders
strength and conditioning assistant. He brings 12 years of playing experience as an offensive
lineman to the post, competing at the sport’s highest levels.
In his role, Batiste focuses on the implementation of strength and conditioning coordinator Tom
Shaw’s training program, specifically with the offensive and defensive lineman. Embodied within
Shaw’s philosophy is his belief that athletes must work to enhance their performance within each
individual position group - wide receivers’ workouts are designed to improve their performance as a
wide receiver, where an offensive lineman would be trained to increase their skill set in the trenches.
Batiste, who apprenticed under Shaw and began training under Shaw in high school at Tom
Shaw Performance in Kenner, La., comes to the Raiders following his playing career in the Canadian
Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos, where he left to join Shaw’s staff. He played in 56
games for Edmonton, helping the team capture the Grey Cup in 2015.
PERSONAL: Native of Marksville, La. …Has numerous certifications, including personal training
and health and wellness, and is in the process of completing his degree in kinesiology…Spent eight
seasons as an NFL offensive lineman, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta
Falcons, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers…
Appeared in 37 career games and made 14 starts…Made 10 starts with the Cardinals in 2012
and four starts for the Falcons in 2007…Played in 56 games over the last four seasons with the
Edmonton Eskimos and was named a West Division All-Star at right tackle in 2015…Originally
joined the Eskimos in 2006 before the club let him out of his contract to join the Dallas Cowboys…
Went undrafted in 2004…At that time, he gave up his career to take care of his family and premature
twin boy and girl, who was battling life threatening infections at an intensive care unit…During that
time, he worked odd labor construction jobs for Labor Finders to support his family…Later became
a Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Officer under Sheriff Mike Neustrom, where he worked as a corrections
officer for eight months before being transferred to patrol…While in service, he received numerous
accolades and commendations for going above and beyond the call of duty, including his role in
post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts…During his time away from football, he continued to train in
order to keep his dream alive…Played collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette, appearing in 39 games
and earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior in 2003.
9th season in NFL (8 as a player)
1st season with Raiders
Edgar Bennett joins the Silver and Black for his first season with the club as the wide receivers
coach. Bennett, who will enter his 26th season in the NFL, will begin his first coaching stint
outside of Green Bay’s organization, having coached the last 13 seasons with the Packers.
Bennett comes aboard the staff having spent the last 17 seasons with the Packers’ club
in multiple roles, serving as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2015-17, wide receivers
coach from 2011-14, running backs coach from 2005-10 and as the team’s director of player
development from 2001-04. Bennett also spent five seasons playing running back for the
Packers. As a player and coach, Bennett has won 11 division titles, appeared in six conference
championships and won both Super Bowl XXXI in 1996 and XLV in 2010.
During his tenure as the offensive coordinator, Bennett helped orchestrate an offense that
finished with 96 touchdown passes since 2015, the most in the NFC and second most in the
NFL during that time frame despite missing All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers for nine games in
2017 due to injury. As a former running back, Bennett was able to guide his running back corps
to an average of 4.41 yards per carry in the same time frame, a mark that ranks sixth in the NFL.
Additionally, Bennett led an offense that ranked eighth since 2015 with a 58.8 percent conversion
rate in the red zone, including a third-place finish in 2017 with a success rate of 61.9 percent.
In 2017, Bennett’s offense ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per rush (4.47 avg.), despite having
to shuffle the backfield due to numerous injuries, including starting RB Ty Montgomery who missed
eight games. The offense also tied for sixth in the NFC with 25 touchdown passes on the season.
Guided by Bennett, Rodgers put together one of the most prolific passing seasons in club
history in 2016, tossing for 4,428 yards, completing over 400 passes for a completion percentage
of 65.7, while adding an NFL-high 40 touchdowns through the air to just seven interceptions.
In wake of Rodgers’ success under Bennett’s tutelage, WRs Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams
combined for a league-best 26 touchdown receptions. Nelson led the league with 14 scores of his
own, adding 1,257 yards receiving and 97 receptions, the fifth most in the Packers history, en
route to earning the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award. Additionally, the offense as a whole
averaged 27.0 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the league.
At the helm of the offense for the first time in 2015, Bennett emphasized ball security, as the
team’s 17 turnovers were the fifth fewest in club history and also ranked fourth fewest in the NFL
that year. Bennett’s primary focus was most apparent with Rodgers, as he posted the third-best
pass interception percentage (1.4) in the NFL, throwing just seven interceptions on 572 attempts.
Bennett oversaw an offense that saw its quarterback post over 30 touchdown passes (31) for the
fifth time in career. Green Bay also rostered four wide receivers that notched at least 50 receptions
in the same season, just the third time (1983 and 2002) the feat has been accomplished since
1940. The offense’s incredibly efficient play helped guide the club to a franchise record seventh
consecutive playoff berth (2009-15).
From 2011-14, Bennett put together one of the finest receiving trios in the NFL, as WRs
Randall Cobb, James Jones and Nelson made the Packers one of just three teams to roster three
receivers with at least 20 receiving scores each during that span. The three combined for 92
receiving touchdowns. Nelson accounted for 43 of those, the fourth most in the NFL since 2011
and also finished sixth in the league with 4,841 receiving yards in the same time frame.
In 2014, Bennett mentored Cobb and Nelson to one of the greatest single-season performances
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1st season with Raiders