Eagles assistant coach who just arrived is already leaving


Jay Valai left the University of Houston after 12 days to join Nick Sirianni’s coaching staff with the Eagles.

He lasted longer at Houston than he lasted here.

Valai has reportedly left the Eagles after 11 days to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.

That would be his fourth job in the past month and seventh since January of 2018.

Valai coached at Texas last year, but on Jan. 20, University of Houston coach Dana Holgorsen announced that Valai had joined the Cougars’ staff as secondary coach.

On Feb. 1, Fox 26 in Houston reported that Valai had left Houston and was joining Nick Sirianni’s new Eagles staff in an unknown role, and on Thursday, when the Eagles officially announced their entire coaching staff, Valai was listed as an assistant defensive backs coach.

One day later, he's apparently gone.

ESPN college football reporter Adam Rittenberg tweeted Friday that Valai is joining Saban’s staff as secondary coach, replacing Karl Scott, who left Alabama on Thursday to become Mike Zimmer’s secondary coach with the Vikings.

Valai tweeted on Jan. 11 that he was leaving Texas, so he’s now had four jobs in the span of 32 days.

It remains to be seen whether the Eagles will replace Valai. Dennard Wilson is the Eagles’ secondary coach.

Valai began his coaching career under Andy Reid with the Chiefs as a quality control assistant in 2018. He coached at Rutgers in 2019 before heading to Texas.

The Chiefs hired Valai on Jan. 15, 2018. So his average stay at his seven stops over the last four years is 161 days.

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