Brian Angelichiois in his fifth year on Pitt's coaching staff working with the tight ends, a positional group that has become an annual strength for the Panthers.
The 2009 season was no exception. Pitt's starting tight ends, and 2010 NFL Draft picks, Nate Byham (San Francisco 49ers) and Dorin Dickerson (Houston Texans), were both named to the All-Big East Team and were major assets for the Panthers' powerful offensive attack.
Dickerson, who set a Pitt tight end record with 10 touchdown catches last year, was named to the 2009 Football Writers Association All-America Team. He was the first Pitt tight end to earn that designation since the legendary Mike Ditka, a two-way end for the Panthers, was honored in 1960. Dickerson additionally was a finalist for the prestigious John Mackey Award.
Byham repeated as an All-Big East selection in 2009, becoming the first Pitt tight end to twice earn all-conference.
Angelichio also oversaw the development of former Pitt tight end Darrell Strong, a free-agent signee of the Oakland Raiders in 2008. Strong was invited to the `08 Hula Bowl, the first Pitt tight end to play in that historic all-star game since 1981.
Angelichio joined Pitt as a well-rounded football coach following his 10-year tenure at Ithaca College (1996-2005). Named Ithaca's offensive coordinator in 2000, Angelichio molded a highly productive unit that set or tied 30 team and individual records over his final five seasons. The Bombers averaged nearly 40 points per game in 2005 to rank 18th nationally on the NCAA Division III level.
Angelichio oversaw the development of seven All-Americans at Ithaca, which advanced to the postseason in seven of his 10 years. His offenses averaged more than 30 points per game in six of his final eight seasons. Before elevating to his offensive coordinator post, Angelichio coached Ithaca's linebackers (1996-97) and receivers (1998). He oversaw the offensive line from 1999-2005.
In addition to football, Angelichio was a member of Ithaca's baseball staff for nine years, helping the Bombers to the NCAA playoffs each season.
A 1995 graduate of St. Lawrence with a bachelor's in physical education, Angelichio was a member of the Saints' football and baseball teams. He was a three-year starter at outside linebacker and also was a captain and four-year starter on the baseball team. Angelichio spent a season as secondary coach at Brockport (1995) before coming to Ithaca. He earned his master's from Ithaca in 1997.
Hometown: Ilion, N.Y.
Alma Mater: St. Lawrence, '95
College Coaching Experience
Years/Position: 1996-97, linebackers; 1998, receivers; 1999-2005, offensive line; 2000-05, offensive coordinator.
Years/Position: 2006, offensive assistant/tight ends; 2007-present, tight ends.
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