Pathon spent the last three seasons as wide receivers coach at the University of San Diego, will take over the wide receivers coach that became open when Phil McGoeghan took a job with the Miami Dolphins.
"This is a very exciting addition to our staff," said Holtz. "Jerome brings a ton of credibility with his experience as an NFL receiver and a collegiate All-American. He's full of energy and excitement and I think his star is really rising in the coaching profession. He'll fit in greatly with the current staff and I'm glad we had the opportunity to hire him."
Pathon, who was selected in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft by Indianapolis, played eight seasons with the Colts, New Orleans and Atlanta, finishing with 260 receptions for 3,350 yards and 15 touchdowns. While with the Saints, Pathon was involved in the famous "River City Relay" play that won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Play of the year.
Before going pro, Pathon played college at the University of Washington and in 1997 had one of the best seasons ever for a Washington receiver, setting records with 69 receptions and 1,245 yards, and earned first-team All-America honors. His 2,275 career receiving yards ranks third all-time among Husky receivers.
Before taking over as WR coach at San Diego, Pathon worked as an assistant to Washington wide receiver coach Jimmie Dougherty. In 2008, he had scouting internship with the Indianapolis Colts the BC Lions.
In addition to the hiring of Pathon, several assistants have switched positions. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, who also oversaw the running backs will now coach the quarterbacks. Peter Vaas will mov from QBs and take over coaching the tight ends while Larry Scott will, will now coach the running backs.