University of South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer has added veteran football coach Freddie Kitchens to its team for 2022 as Senior Football Analyst, it was announced today.
Kitchens comes to Columbia after serving in the National Football League since 2006, including as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2019. He most recently worked for the New York Giants, where he served as tight ends coach in 2020 and a senior offensive assistant and interim offensive coordinator in 2021 under head coach Joe Judge.
“I used to work with Freddie Kitchens at Mississippi State and have known him for almost 20 years,” Coach Beamer said. “He is a fantastic coach with experience as a head coach and coordinator. He is a longtime NFL coach who will be a great asset and resource to our program and will help us in many ways.”
Kitchens returns to the collegiate level for the first time since 2005. He began his coaching career in the collegiate ranks, coaching running backs and tight ends at Glenville State (W.Va.) in 1999 before joining LSU as a graduate assistant in 2000 under Nick Saban. He also completed collegiate stints at North Texas as a running backs coach (2001-03) and at Mississippi State as a tight ends (2004) and running backs coach (2005). Coach Beamer was the cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator on the Starkville staff for Sylvester Croom in 2004 and 2005.
Kitchens rose to the pro ranks in 2006 as the tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys under Bill Parcells. He then spent 11 years with the Arizona Cardinals, working with the tight ends (2007-12), quarterbacks (2013-16), and running backs (2017). In 2008, the Cardinals performed in Super Bowl XLIII.
In 2018, Kitchens was hired as the running backs coach/associate head coach for the Cleveland Browns. He was promoted to offensive coordinator midway through the 2018 season and is credited with helping Baker Mayfield have a successful rookie season where he was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors. On January 12, 2019, Kitchens became the 17th head coach in Cleveland Browns history. He posted a 6-10 mark in his only season as head coach of the Browns and defeated all three AFC North rivals (Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh) in the same season for the first time in the division’s inception in 2002.
Kitchens was born on November 29, 1974 in Gadsden, Alabama and was named Mr. Football after his senior season at Etowah High School of Attalla, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama where he played quarterback for the Crimson Tide. As a three-year starter (1995-97), he threw for 4,668 yards and 30 touchdowns and led the Tide to victories at the 1995 Citrus Bowl and 1997 Outback Bowl. He finished his college career third in school history for career passing -Trying to be fourth in career passing yards and fifth in career completions. He also played baseball during his freshman and senior seasons in Alabama.
Kitchens and his wife Ginger have two daughters, Bennett and Camden.