Saturday, January 7, 2012
Pitt announces assistant coaches
By Andrea Adelson
New Pitt coach Paul Chryst announced the hiring of six assistant coaches Saturday, including three from Wisconsin -- Bob Bostad as offensive coordinator, Dave Huxtable as defensive coordinator and Joe Rudolph, who will serve as assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.
Here is a brief profile on each:
Bostad spent the past six years at Wisconsin as offensive line coach. The past two years, Bostad coached four first team All-Americans on Wisconsin’s offensive front (center Pete Konz and guard Kevin Zeitler in 2011, and tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffit in 2010). The Badgers rushed for more than 3,000 yards each of the past two seasons en route to a pair of Big Ten titles.
Huxtable spent this past season coaching linebackers at Wisconsin, where he produced a pair of first-team All-Big Ten performers in Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. Before joining the Badgers, Huxtable spent seven seasons at UCF (2004-10), including the final three as defensive coordinator.
Rudolph, a graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School, returns to Western Pennsylvania after coaching the tight ends at Wisconsin the past four seasons. He also served as Wisconsin's recruiting coordinator. As a coach at Wisconsin, he oversaw the development of three NFL draft picks at tight end.
Chris Haering will serve as linebackers coach. He joins Pitt from nearby Mt. Lebanon High School, where he served as head football coach the past 17 years (1995-2011) and compiled a 111-71 record. Under Haering’s direction, Mt. Lebanon won the 2000 WPIAL Class AAAA championship and advanced to the playoffs 13 times.
Jim Hueber will serve as tight ends coach. He has nearly four decades of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels. Hueber most recently served five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) working with the offensive line. He spent 33 years coaching college football, including an exceptional tenure under Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin (1992-2005), where he helped the Badgers evolve into a national power.
Todd Rice will be strength and conditioning coach after spending the past five years as director of strength and conditioning for the NC State football team. Before his time with the Wolfpack, Rice served five years in the same capacity at Boston College.