MICHAEL GHOBRIAL returns for his second season as a special teams assistant after initially joining the New York Jets as part of Robert Saleh's first staff in 2021. A special teams coordinator for five seasons at the college level before joining the Jets, Ghobrial joins Special Teams Coordinator Brant Boyer and fellow Special Teams Assistant Leon Washington working with one of the NFL's best special teams units.
In his first season with the Jets (2021), Boyer, Ghobrial and Washington oversaw a group that finished second in the league in special teams DVOA according to FootballOutsiders.com as the Jets were the only team in the league to finish in the top five in both kickoff and punt return average last season. Wide receiver/return specialist Braxton Berrios was selected as an All Pro after he led the NFL in kickoff return average and finished second in punt return average.
Special teams captain Justin Hardee, one of the NFL's leading special teams tacklers since entering the league in 2017 posted a single-season best 12 tackles in his first season with the Jets. Despite using three different kickers and three different punters, the Jets finished strong in both areas as Braden Mann posted a 43.0 net punting average, fifth best in the league, over the last four games and Eddy Piñeiro, signed in Week 14, connected on all eight FG attempts as a Jet.
Prior to joining the Jets, Ghobrial served as the special teams coordinator at Washington State (2020), Hawai'i (2018-19) and Tarleton State (2016-17). Following his first season at Tarleton State, he spent training camp with the Lions as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
Ghobrial began his coaching career at his alma mater, UCLA, first as an undergrad assistant (2009-10), then a quality control coach (2011) and finally as a graduate assistant (2012-13). Following his time with the Bruins, he coached at Syracuse (2014) and Colorado Mesa (2015), serving as the team's co-special teams coordinator in addition to coaching the defensive line and outside linebackers.
Spent two seasons as a defensive end with UCLA, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in social science and comparative education.
New York Jets | 2021-Present
Assistant Special Teams - 2021-Present
Washington State | 2020
Special Teams Coordinator - 2020
Hawai'i | 2018-19
Special Teams Coordinator - 2018-19
Detroit Lions | 2017
Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship - 2017
Tarleton State | 2016-17
Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers - 2016-17
Colorado Mesa University | 2015
Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers - 2015
Syracuse | 2014
Graduate Assistant - 2014
UCLA | 2009-13
Graduate Assistant - 2012-13
Quality Control - 2011
Undergraduate Assistant - 2009-10
UCLA (Defensive End) - 2006-07