Dave Wann­stedt gave Greg Schiano his first NFL job. Friday, the Bucs coach repaid the favor, sort of.

The Bucs reached a deal with Wannstedt, 60, to become their special teams coach. He replaces Bob Ligashesky, who was fired Wednesday after one season.

As coach of the Bears in 1996, Wannstedt hired Schiano to be a defensive assistant. He promoted Schiano to defensive backs coach in 1998.

Tampa Bay was 30th in the NFL in kickoff returns this season with a 20.3-yard average and tied for 19th in punt returns with a 9-yard average.

Wannstedt, who has never been a special teams coach, was an assistant with the Bills the past two seasons. He coached linebackers and was the assistant head coach in 2011, and defensive coordinator this season.

Wannstedt coached the Bears from 1993-98, the Dolphins from 2000-04 and the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-10. He also was the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys from 1989-92, including their Super Bowl team of 1992, and the Dolphins in 1999.