It didn’t take Nick Saban very long to find a replacement for Jay Graham.

After Alabama’s new tight ends coach and special teams coordinator unexpectedly announced his decision to depart from Saban’s staff following the start of spring camp, the Crimson Tide continued on without a full-time coaching staff for a few weeks.

Now an official hire has been made as Saban has hired Drew Svoboda to serve as the new tight ends coach and special teams coordinator in Tuscaloosa. Svoboda was hired to be the new special teams coordinator at Memphis this offseason. He previously served in the same role at Rice.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to add Drew Svoboda to our staff to coordinate special teams and coach the tight ends,” Saban said. “He is a bright young football coach who has been successful at every stop of his coaching career. He does an excellent job in terms of teaching the players, and he is someone we believe will be a tremendous asset on the recruiting trail. We are happy to welcome his wife Kristi and their children Austyn and Jack to the Crimson Tide program.”

Prior to landing his first college job at Rice, Svoboda served as head coach of Klein Collins High School in Spring, Texas. During that time, he was the President of the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association and was on the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA), serving as one of the Region Five Directors.