BRYAN BOSSARD enters his second year at Pitt as wide receivers coach. Bossard joined the Panthers after serving in the same capacity at Maryland from 2005-07. He previously worked under Dave Wannstedt in a pair of NFL summer coaching internships with the Chicago Bears in 1996-97.
Two receivers Bossard coached were selected in this year's NFL Draft. Pitt's Derek Kinder was drafted by the Chicago Bears after finishing his career ranking among the school's all-time leaders in receptions and receiving yardage. Additionally, Darrius Heyward-Bey, who Bossard coached at Maryland, was a first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders.
Heyward-Bey was a Freshman All-American under Bossard's watch in 2006. A season later Bossard also helped Terps wideout LaQuan Williams earn Freshman All-America accolades.
Prior to his Maryland tenure, Bossard coached the receivers at perennial I-AA power Delaware, his alma mater, from 2002-04. He also was on the Blue Hens' coaching staff from 1994-98 in the same capacity.
Bossard helped Delaware win the 2003 Division I-AA national title with a 15-1 mark. During that championship season, the Blue Hens had three different receivers catch 50 passes or more, an unprecedented achievement at UD. Delaware made three consecutive playoff berths from 1995-97, advancing to the national semifinals each year.
A native of Dover, Del., Bossard was an outstanding player himself for the Blue Hens from 1985-88. An All-Yankee Conference defensive back, he helped Delaware to two I-AA playoff berths. In his final collegiate season he collected 122 tackles and was selected the team's outstanding senior defensive player by the Blue Hen Touchdown Club.
Bossard broke into the collegiate coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Delaware in 1990. He then coached defensive backs at Morehouse College (1991), West Chester University (1992) and Bucknell (1992-93).
In 1999, Bossard coached the receivers at Army before moving on to a defensive back coaching post at Wyoming during the 2000 and '01 seasons.
He is a 1989 graduate of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in agricultural business management.
Hometown: Dover, Del.
Alma Mater: Delaware, '89
Family: Bossard and his wife Kimber have two sons: Xen (6) and Xyon (2).
Delaware, 1990, graduate assistant/ defensive backs.
Morehouse College, 1991, defensive backs.
West Chester, 1992, defensive backs.
Bucknell, 1992-93, defensive backs.
Delaware, 1994-98, wide receivers.
Army, 1999, wide receivers.
Wyoming, 2000-01, defensive backs.
Delaware, 2002-04, wide receivers.
Maryland, 2005-07, wide receivers.
Pittsburgh, 2008-present, wide receivers.
Glasgow (Del.), 1989, running backs & defensive backs.
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