The second-year Pitt coach announced three new assignments.
Paul Chryst held a Tuesday morning practice on the outdoor fields.
Joe Rudolph is named offensive coordinator, Jim Hueber will coach offensive line.
Chris Haering enters his third year on the Pitt coaching staff and first as the Panthers' special teams coordinator. His positional focus in 2014 will be on the outside linebackers.
Two linebackers under Haering's watch last year enjoyed career production.
Anthony Gonzalez, in his first full season at the position, finished third on the team with 79 tackles. He added five pass breakups--tops among all linebackers--and a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown at Duke.
Todd Thomas posted 72 tackles (fourth best on the team) and added six TFLs (third on team), both personal highs.
Haering joined the collegiate ranks in 2012 after establishing himself as one of Western Pennsylvania's most respected high school football coaches over the past two decades.
For 17 seasons (1995-2011) he served as head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School, compiling a 111-71 record and leading the Blue Devils to 13 WPIAL playoff appearances. Haering sent numerous Mt. Lebanon players on to play college football.
In 2000, Mt. Lebanon won the WPIAL Class AAAA championship when it defeated Woodland Hills, 14-13, in the final high school game ever played at Three Rivers Stadium. The game is still considered one of the most thrilling title games in recent WPIAL history.
Prior to Mt. Lebanon, Haering was the head coach at Hampton High in 1994 and led the program to an 8-3 mark and WPIAL playoff berth.
Haering also brings to Pitt an accomplished background as a collegiate player. He was a standout linebacker at West Virginia University from 1986-89, and is considered one of the Mountaineers' finest to ever play the position. Haering earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from WVU in 1989.
It was at West Virginia that Haering first met Paul Chryst, who was a graduate assistant coach under Don Nehlen for two seasons (1989-90).
Haering comes from a family of coaches. His father Chuck grew up in Pittsburgh and was a longtime coach at the NCAA Division II level. An uncle, Joe Haering, was a longtime collegiate coach and also had stints in the National Football League, Canadian Football League and as head coach of the Pittsburgh Gladiators in the Arena Football League. Additionally, Chris' younger brother Mark was a highly successful head coach at Pueblo South (Colo.) High.
Haering and his wife Melissa have two children, daughter Madison and son Mark.
|BORN||June 10, 1967|
|ALMA MATER||West Virginia, 1989|
|FAMILY||Haering and his wife Melissa have two children, daughter Madison and son Mark.|
|COLLEGE COACHING EXPERIENCE|
|WEST VIRGINIA, 1991||Graduate Assistant|
|PITTSBURGH, 2012-Present||2012-13, Linebackers; 2014, Special Teams Coordinator & Outside Linebackers|
|HIGH SCHOOL COACHING EXPERIENCE|
|HAMPTON (PA.) HIGH, 1993-94||1993, Assistant Coach; 1994, Head Coach|
|MT. LEBANON (PA.) HIGH, 1995-2011||Head Coach|
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