Ricky Henne reported on the Chargers' staff additions for the team's official website. Rees will serve as an offensive assistant after beginning his coaching career this past year at Northwestern as a graduate assistant.
Several of Rees' former Fighting Irish teammates are currently on San Diego's roster, most notably linebacker Manti Te'o. The 23-year-old didn't make it in the NFL as a player, but Rees seems to have done well for himself as he joins head coach Mike McCoy's Chargers staff.
For some of the struggles Rees endured during his college career, he ended on a strong note. As a senior, he averaged 7.9 yards per attempt and threw 27 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions.
Jac Collinsworth of NBC is among those who believe Rees will thrive in his new role:
Jac Collinsworth @JacCollinsworth
Tommy Rees brought on @Chargers coaching staff. Have to say, I think he'll be a great football coach. https://t.co/jxGICkbLtw2/9/2016, 10:05:25 PM
Considering the big moves he's made in a little over a year as a coach, there's no denying Rees' football acumen. Not only is being a member of San Diego's staff a great boost to his resume, but Rees also figures to have tremendous learning opportunities in 2016.
Rees will be around the likes of elite QB Philip Rivers, which is bound to help him gain even greater football knowledge. The Chargers are also welcoming back offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired as head coach of the Tennessee Titans and once guided the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl.
The 2016 campaign is a crossroads of sorts for McCoy and Co. San Diego could well fire its staff without a considerable improvement from this past season's 4-12 record.
Making matters more difficult is a tough AFC West division, featuring the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, a playoff participant from this year in the Kansas City Chiefs and a vastly improved Oakland Raiders team.