Eagles officially hire Prosser’s Kellen Moore. And a Richland grad leaves the Seahawks

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Most everyone is aware that Prosser High grad Kellen Moore is now the offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles made it official this week.

This will be Moore’s third NFL team in as many years. He was the OC for the Dallas Cowboys in 2022, and with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2023.

When Brandon Staley was fired as the Chargers’ head coach in mid-December, that basically meant Moore would be looking for a new job after the season’s end. Most incoming head coaches want their own staff, and that’s what Jim Harbaugh decided recently as the new head coach.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni released a statement on Moore’s hiring and was pretty excited.

“(Moore) is an incredibly smart football coach whose depth of knowledge of the game has helped him become a talented play caller in this league,” Sirianni’s statement said. “During Kellen’s tenure as an NFL coach, he has helped to develop some of the best quarterbacks in the league and directed some of its best offenses. We are thrilled to have Kellen join our team.”

Kellen Moore’s younger brother, Kirby Moore, signed a contract extension around Christmas to continue being the Missouri Tigers’ offensive coordinator after just one season with the SEC school.

He’ll make $1.12 million in 2024, and $1.3 million in 2025.

Richland High grad Greg Olson spent the last season with the Seahawks as their quarterbacks coach.

But with Pete Carroll’s departure as head coach, and the hiring of Mike McDonald to take his place, that means the majority of Carroll’s assistants are looking for new jobs.

Olson, a long-time veteran NFL assistant, interviewed last month for the offensive coordinator opening for the Chicago Bears, but he didn’t get the job.

Some team will sign Olson. He’s just too good not to be signed.

Former Tri-Cities Fever head coach Pat O’Hara will not return to the Tennessee Titans, where over the last six years he worked as the team’s quarterbacks coach, and then the pass game analyst.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was not retained after the season, and that left his assistants looking for new jobs. O’Hara’s contract also ran out.

O’Hara was the Tri-Cities Fever’s head coach in 2009 before becoming the head coach for the Orlando Predators for the 2010 and 2011 seasons in the Arena Football League.

From 2012 to 2014, O’Hara was the head coach for the AFL’s New Orleans VooDoo before joining the coaching staff of the NFL’s Houston Texans as an offensive assistant from 2015-2017.

O’Hara cam into the 2009 Fever season after head coach Richard Davis was let go after an 0-5 start. O’Hara had a 3-8 record that season before moving on to Orlando.

Another former Fever head coach, Adam Shackleford, has recently taken the assistant head coaching job for the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League

From 2010-1015, Shackleford had a 55-37 record with Tri-Cities, leading the team to Indoor Football League finals in both 2011 and 2012.

Shackleford worked in the Tri-Cities those six years while maintaining a permanent home in Spokane with his wife and two sons.

After the 2015 season, Shackleford went back to Spokane — where he had coached the Shock in indoor football before coming to Tri-Cities.

He was rehired in Spokane and worked a couple seasons there.

The last two seasons, Shackleford was the director of player personnel for the Frisco Fighters of the IFL, mainly coaching from afar, living in Spokane and helping his wife with their two sons.

This time, though, Shackleford will move to Nashville to be with the team. His two sons are older now and his wife has a good job.

The Kats open the season at home against the Minnesota Myth on April 27.

This is the first season that the AFL will play since the previous incarnation went bankrupt after the 2019 season.

Chiawana grad AJ Vongphachanh completed his college football eligibility in December with BYU.

The standout linebacker had spent his four years in college playing for Utah State before transferring to BYU last year for one final season — one that included the Cougars joining the Big 12 Conference.

Vongphachanh ended up second in tackles for the Cougars, amassing 85 of them over 12 games.

He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, as well as 5 quarterback hurries.

The Cougars finished with a 5-7 record, however, and failed to go to a bowl game.

But there’s a good chance Vongphachanh might not be done with football.

Josh Edwards of CBS Sports just came out with his Top 250 NFL Draft Prospects list, and the Chiawana product is listed at No. 247 right now.

The NFL Draft will be in April.

Jeff Morrow is former sports editor for the Tri-City Herald.