Under the guidance of Greg Gattuso, Pitt's defensive line has emerged as one of the team's major strengths.
Three starters on Pitt's defensive front were honored on the 2009 All-Big East Team. The Panthers, in fact, boasted the Big East Co-Defensive Players of the Year in defensive end Greg Romeus and defensive tackle Mick Williams, the first time in the conference's history that teammates have shared the defensive MVP honor.
Romeus and Williams were both first-team All-Big East selections, while defensive tackle Gus Mustakas was a second-team honoree.
Named to Dave Wannstedt's original staff in 2005, Gattuso has made invaluable contributions to the Pitt football program on and off the field. As a result, he was promoted to assistant head coach in 2008. This year marks Gattuso'ssixth season overall at Pitt and his fifth coaching the defensive line.
Gattuso initially joined the Pitt staff as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. In his first season, he helped the Panthers sign a recruiting class rated the nation's 10th best by Scout.com.
A Western Pennsylvania native, Gattuso owns a winning resume as a coach and player on both the collegiate and high school levels. Before joining Pitt, Gattuso spent 12 years building neighboring Duquesne University into one of the elite I-AA football programs in the country. The winningest coach in school history, the Dukes went 97-32 (.752) under his direction, won eight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles, made five bowl appearances and captured the 2003 consensus Mid-Major Division I-AA national championship.
Gattuso was twice named the national Mid-Major I-AA Coach of the Year and was a seven-time MAAC Coach of the Year. The Dukes dominated the MAAC during his tenure, going 66-7 (.904) in league play, including a 33-game winning streak.
Gattuso was an assistant coach at Duquesne in 1992 before taking over the head coaching post the following year. He previously served as head coach at his high school alma mater, Seton-LaSalle, from 1989-91. Taking over a team that went 6-34 during the four seasons prior to his arrival, Gattuso led the Rebels to a 28-10-1 mark (.731), including three WPIAL playoff berths, a WPIAL championship and Parkway Conference title.
A 1980 graduate of Seton-LaSalle High, Gattuso was named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Class AA Player of the Year his senior season and went on to a standout career at Penn State, where he was a two-time All-East defensive lineman and a member of the Lions' 1982 national title team.
Gattuso is a 1983 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor's degree in administration and criminal justice.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alma Mater: Penn State, '83
Family: Gattuso and his wife Colleen have two daughters, Jacqueline (22) and Kaitlin (16).
Years/Position: 1984, graduate assistant.
Years/Position: 1987, assistant coach; 1992, assistant coach; 1993-2004, head coach.
Years/Position:2005, tight ends & recruiting coordinator; 2006-present, defensive line; 2008-present, assistant head coach.
Years/Position:1985, junior varsity coach; 1989-91, head coach.
Center Township (Pa.)
Years/Position: 1986, defensive coordinator.
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