A standout linebacker at Pitt from 1988-91, CURTIS BRAY is now responsible for coaching that position at his alma mater.
Bray enters his seventh season on the Panthers' staff boasting one of the nation's most productive linebackers in senior H.B. Blades. Under Bray's tutelage, Blades has twice earned first-team All-Big East honors and last year was the league's top tackler with 121 stops. Blades ranked 13th nationally with an average of 11 tackles per game.
Bray took over the linebackers in 2003 after coaching the defensive ends from 2000-02. While working with the ends he produced a pair of All-Big East performers in Claude Harriott (2002) and Bryan Knight (2000-01). Both Harriott and Knight were drafted by the Chicago Bears.
Prior to returning to Pittsburgh, Bray served as defensive ends coach at Villanova from 1997-99. During his Villanova tenure, Bray helped the Wildcats emerge as a national power in NCAA Division I-AA. In 1997, Villanova captured the Atlantic 10 championship and was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference's (ECAC) Team of the Year.
Prior to Villanova, Bray was the defensive line coach at Western Kentucky (1995-96) and the defensive coordinator at Duquesne (1993-94). While at Duquesne, he served under then Dukes head coach Greg Gattuso, who now is Pitt's defensive line coach. Bray also coached the linebackers and handled the special teams while at Duquesne.
Bray was a standout linebacker for Pitt and finished his career with 170 tackles despite an array of injuries his final two collegiate seasons. One of his most memorable performances occurred at Penn State in 1988 when he had a quarterback sack for a safety and a key interception to lift the Panthers to a 14-7 victory.
A native of Monroeville, Pa., Bray is a 1988 graduate of Gateway High School, where he enjoyed an exceptional athletic career. In 1987, he became the first defensive player to be honored as the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year and also was a first team USA Today All-American. Bray excelled in track and field as well, capturing the state javelin championship as a senior.
Bray graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
Hometown: Monroeville, Pa.
Alma Mater: Pittsburgh, '92
Family: Bray and his wife Heather have a daughter, Sydney Nicole (1).
Duquesne, 1993-94, defensive coordinator, linebackers and special teams.
Western Kentucky, 1995-96, defensive line.
Villanova, 1997-99, defensive ends.
Pittsburgh, 2000-02, defensive ends; 2003-present, linebackers.
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