Mark Arteaga, named director of football operations on Tuesday, has worked in the NFL for 15 years
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to work on their twin offseason projects of upgrading the front office staff and improving the player roster, concentrating on the former goal on Tuesday.
The team has announced two changes to its staff. After two years as the Bucs' assistant to the head coach/football operations, Mark Arteaga has been promoted to director of football operations. And Roxanne Kosarzycki, a veteran of 14 seasons in the Oakland Raiders organization, has been hired as Tampa Bay's general counsel.
Arteaga joined the Buccaneers in the spring of 2002, shortly after the team struck a deal with the Raiders to hire Jon Gruden as its head coach. Arteaga had spent the previous 13 seasons in the Oakland organization, the final 11 as the club's administrative assistant to the head coach. He held that role over the tenure of four different Raider head coaches before following Gruden to Tampa. In his first year with the Bucs, Arteaga played a key role in helping the Bucs advance to and win Super Bowl XXXVII.
Arteaga joined the Raiders on a full-time basis under head coach Mike Shanahan as the coaches' administrative assistant during the 1989 season. He served in that capacity for two seasons before being named the team's administrative assistant to the head coach in 1991. Arteaga worked for the Raiders as a summer training camp football intern during the 1988 and 1989 summers and also worked as a spring training intern with the New York Yankees in 1987 and 1988 in Fort Lauderdale. He studied sports administration at St. Thomas University in Miami.
Since joining the Buccaneers, Arteaga has been intricately involved in the team's day-to-day football operations.
"Mark has tremendous organizational skills and knowledge of the Buccaneers," said General Manager Bruce Allen. "He has become invaluable to the organization, and in his new role, we expect him to continue to be one of the leaders in our organization."
Kosarzycki recently completed her 14th season with the Oakland Raiders organization, where she started as an intern in 1990. She became an attorney with the Raiders in 1992, and was involved in many aspects of the team's business affairs.
"Roxanne brings a wide range of skills and experience in the NFL, but more importantly, will bring compassion to our organization, our coaches and our players," said Allen.
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Kosarzycki holds a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles.