- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Steve Spagnuolo will be returning as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator.

Coach Ben McAdoo announced his staff Tuesday, more than a month after replacing Tom Coughlin.

Twelve of the assistants were on Coughlin’s staff, including all three coordinators. Besides Spagnuolo on defense, Tom Quinn will run special teams again. Mike Sullivan will move from quarterbacks coach to McAdoo’s former position as offensive coordinator.

Craig Johnson (running backs), Kevin M. Gilbride (tight ends), Lunda Wells (assistant offensive line), Ryan Roeder (offensive assistant), Tim Walton (secondary/cornerbacks), David Merritt (secondary/safeties), Rob Leonard (defensive assistant), and Markus Paul (assistant strength and conditioning) and Joe Danos (performance manager) will return as position coaches.

The eight new coaches are Frank Cignetti Jr. (quarterbacks), Adam Henry (receivers), Mike Solari (offensive line), Patrick Graham (defensive line), Jeff Zgonina (assistant defensive line), Bill McGovern (linebackers), Dwayne Stukes (assistant special teams) and Aaron Wellman (strength and conditioning).

Spagnuolo returned to Coughlin’s staff last season for a second stint as coordinator.

“When you look back at this past season, it was great working with Spags,” McAdoo said. “He’s a tremendous leader, gets the players to play hard. We feel that if we continue to develop the young guys, add some pieces to the puzzle, and keep them playing as hard as they played last year, we’ll make progress in the second year of the system.”

Sullivan also rejoined the staff last season. He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator in 2012-13. He was on Coughlin’s staff from 2004-11, the first six as the wide receivers coach, and the final two as quarterbacks coach.

“He’s been in this system now for a year, and he’s familiar with the building and the people in the building, and a lot of the players in the locker room. I like that continuity there,” McAdoo said.

Cignetti and Solari also have been NFL coordinators.

Cignetti was the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator for the first 12 games of the 2015 season after spending the previous three years as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

Henry, who spent last season as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach, was receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s position coach for two seasons at Louisiana State.

“That’s a positive, but that’s not why he got the job,” McAdoo said.

Solari is entering his 40th season in the coaching profession and his 28th in the NFL. In 2015, he was the Green Bay Packers’ assistant offensive line coach. He was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator in 2006-07.

Graham spent the last seven seasons on the New England Patriots’ staff, coaching linebackers twice.

McGovern coached the Philadelphia Eagles’ outside linebackers the previous three seasons.

A former NFL defensive tackle, Zgonina coached in 2013 with the Texans as their assistant defensive line coach.

Stukes was the Chicago Bears’ assistant special teams coach in 2013-14.

Wellman comes to the Giants from Notre Dame, where he was the assistant director of strength and conditioning in 2015.

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