Teryl Austin has been with the Ravens for the last three seasons. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
Allen Park — New Lions coach Jim Caldwell spent Thursday assembling his coaching staff.
Former Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin will be the defensive coordinator, The Detroit News has learned, based on conversations with people who have knowledge of the situation.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because the Lions have not announced any assistant coaching job.
Austin has coached with Caldwell at three stops — as a graduate assistant at Penn State, at Wake Forest and Baltimore.
This will be Austin’s first coordinator job in the NFL. He was the defensive coordinator at Florida in 2010. Austin, 48, has been a defensive assistant with the Seahawks and Cardinals, and at Michigan.
Caldwell met with all the remaining assistants from Jim Schwartz’s staff Thursday. According to two league sources, special teams coordinator John Bonamego and running backs coach Curtis Modkins were retained.
It is believed offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn also was retained, though the Lions have yet to officially confirm any move.
Ron Prince, 44, offensive coordinator at Rutgers, appears to be the leading candidate for the offensive coordinator position. Prince, the former Kansas State coach, has NFL experience with the Colts and Jaguars.
Like Austin, Prince would be a first-time NFL coordinator, though Caldwell could end up calling most of the plays. There has been speculation Prince may also carry the title of assistant head coach.
The Lions also have reportedly interviewed Chiefs assistant head coach David Culley, presumably for the offensive coordinator job.
It also appears Caldwell will allow Austin to hire some of his defensive coaches. He has interviewed former Texans secondary coach Vance Joseph and former Buccaneers defensive coordinator and former Michigan assistant Bill Sheridan.
The Lions are expected to have Caldwell’s staff in place before Monday, when the coaches will spend the week in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl.
Among the coaches apparently let go Thursday were defensive line coaches Kris Kocurek, linebackers coach Matt Burke, assistant linebackers coach Bradford Banta, quarterbacks coach Todd Dowling, tight ends coach Bobby Johnson, secondary coach Marcus Robertson and assistant receivers coach Kyle Valero.
Former defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and defensive line coach Jim Washburn were previously informed of their release.