Pitt promotes Matt House to defensive coordinator

Pitt promotes Matt House to defensive coordinator

Pitt Panthers head football coach Paul Chryst announced the filling of three open positions on his staff, including filling the hole of defensive coordinator.

Defensive backs coach Matt House was promoted to the role of defensive coordinator, while Chryst hired veteran coach John Palermo as defensive ends and linebackers coach. He also announced that former Pitt defensive back Hank Poteat (1996-99) will join the staff as a graduate assistant and work with the cornerbacks.

Last season, House coached a secondary that helped Pitt boast the nation’s No. 17 defense in fewest yards allowed (330.54 yards/game). The Panthers’ also owned lofty NCAA rankings in pass defense (20th, 194.15 yards/game), pass efficiency defense (21st, 113.12 rating) and interceptions (26th, 15 total).

House joined Chryst’s staff last year after working with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams (2009-11) and Carolina Panthers (2008). He replaces Dave Huxtable, who left Pitt to take the same position at North Carolina State.

Palermo is widely regarded as one of the finest defensive assistants in college football. He is a 38-year coaching veteran who spent 15 years at the University of Wisconsin.

Poteat returns to his alma mater where he was a two-time first-team All-Big East cornerback and led Pitt in interceptions in 1998 and 1999. He was a third-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2000 NFL Draft and played for five NFL teams over 10 seasons and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2004 New England Patriots.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

comments

Matt Shetler

Matt is part owner and editor.

social
More in D1 & FCS Football
Jan 29, 18 hours ago

Pitt announces 2015 football schedule

Pitt announces 2015 football schedulePat Narduzzi’s first season on the Pitt sidelines promises to be a tough one. The ACC released its 2015 football schedule on Thursday and while Pitt’s schedule isn’t the toughest one they have played, it’s much tougher than a season ago. The ...

Read  
Jan 27, 3 days ago

Pine-Richland QB Ben DiNucci commits to Pitt

Pine-Richland QB Ben DiNucci commits to PittNew Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi has been a very busy man the past week, hot on the recruiting trail as he has landed a couple of quality recruits in very short time. The latest is a local product at a ...

Read  
Jan 22, 8 days ago

Pat Narduzzi lands first two recruits

Pat Narduzzi lands first two recruitsNow that Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi has his coaching staff in place, all focus has turned to recruiting for the upcoming season. With that in mind it looks as if Narduzzi has landed his first pair of recruits as the ...

Read