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Final assistants named

The Jacksonville Jaguars have completed their coaching staff, signing contracts with strength and conditioning coach Mark Asanovich and defensive assistant Todd Howard. Head coach Jack Del Rio has 16 assistant coaches on his 2003 staff.

Asanovich, 43, has eight years of experience as an NFL strength coach. He was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 after spending the previous six years as the strength and conditioning coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under Tony Dungy. He spent the 1995 season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Asanovich also coached at Ohio State and The Citadel. A native of East Duluth, Minn., he and his wife, Allisen, have a daughter, Haley.

Howard, 37, has 10 years of experience coaching in college and three in the NFL, in addition to having played in the NFL. He spent the last three seasons as the linebackers coach at Louisiana Tech, following two years (1998-1999) as a defensive assistant with the St. Louis Rams, who won the Super Bowl in Howard's second season. He began his coaching career at Texas A&M in 1991 and was the defensive coordinator at Grinnell (Iowa) College from 1994 to '97.

He was a member of the NFL's minority coaching program with the Washington Redskins in their 1997 training camp. Howard was a third-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987, and he played in the NFL for two seasons as an inside linebacker and special teams player. He also played for Barcelona of the World League in 1991 and '92. Howard was All-Conference and honorable mention All-America at Texas A&M, where he started for three seasons.

A native of Bryan, Texas, Howard and his wife, Susan, have three children: Trey, David and Ava.

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