|Tony Dews enters his first season as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Pitt.
Dews spent the past three seasons at Michigan, where he coached the wide receivers. His 2010 receiving corps helped Michigan lead the Big Ten and rank eighth nationally in total offense with an average of 488.69 yards per game. The Wolverines' pass offense ranked second in the Big Ten, averaging 250.15 yards through the air.
Under Dews' guidance, Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree was an All-Big Ten selection by the media after he had 72 receptions for 935 yards and seven touchdowns.
Dews' Pitt appointment marks his return to the Big East. He coached the receivers at West Virginia in 2007, including All-Big East performer Darius Reynaud. Dews additionally served a graduate assistantship with the Mountaineers from 1999-2001, working with the offensive line and secondary.
Dews boasts experience in all three phases of the game. In 2006 he was the associate special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at UNLV. Dews was the tight ends coach at Central Michigan from 2004-05 and served as the Chippewas' special teams coordinator his final year. He additionally coached the defensive line at Holy Cross in 2003.
Dews' other collegiate coaching stops include stints at California University of Pa. (2002) and Millersville (1998).
A native of Lynchburg, Va., Dews is a 1996 graduate of Liberty University, where he was an All-Virginia tight end and was the Flames' leading pass catcher his junior and senior seasons.
He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Liberty and his master's degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2001.
Dews and his wife Tamika have four daughters: Savannah, Sierra, Sydney and Sienna.
Born: June 6, 1973
Hometown: Lynchburg, Va.
Alma Mater: Liberty University, 1996
Family: Dews and his wife Tamika have four daughters: Savannah, Sierra, Sydney and Sienna.
Millersville, 1998, defensive line.
West Virginia, 1999-2001, graduate assistant (offensive line and secondary).
California of Pa., 2002, offensive line.
Holy Cross, 2003, defensive line.
Central Michigan, 2004-05, tight ends; 2005, special teams coordinator.
UNLV, 2006, linebackers & associate special teams coordinator.
West Virginia, 2007, wide receivers.
Michigan, 2008-10, wide receivers.
Pittsburgh, 2011, tight ends & recruiting coordinator.
Bainbridge (Ga.), 1997, offensive line coach.
BOWL GAMES AS A COACH
2000, Music City Bowl (West Virginia)
2007, Fiesta Bowl (West Virginia)
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