Jeff Hafley enters his third year as Pitt's secondary coach and fifth season overall on Dave Wannstedt's staff.
One of the Big East's brightest young coaches, Hafley previously served as Pitt's defensive graduate assistant in 2006 and '07 with a specific focus on the cornerbacks. He was promoted to his current capacity during the 2008 offseason and has established himself as a major asset for the Panthers on the field and the recruiting trail.
The 2009 season was a continuation of that trend. Hafley had two of his defensive backs selected to the All-Big East Team, including cornerback Aaron Berry and strong safety Dom DeCicco. It was the second All-Big East honor for Berry, who played in the prestigious East-West Shrine Bowl following his successful senior season.
Moreover, free safety Jarred Holley drew accolades as one of the top impact freshmen in the Big East following his productive debut season in 2009.
Prior to Pitt, Hafley served at the University of Albany for four seasons (2002-05), including his final two as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. In his initial two years Hafley was a graduate assistant who coached Albany's defensive tackles and outside linebackers.
While at Albany, Hafley oversaw the development of cornerback/roverback Kurt Campbell, who went on to become the first player in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft. Campbell was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2005 before going on to join the Tennessee Titans.
Hafley served as the running backs coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute during the 2001 season. In addition to overseeing the running backs, he also worked significantly with WPI's special teams and coached the kickers.
Hafley was a four-year wide receiver at Siena College from 1997-2000. He began his coaching career at his alma mater while recovering from three separate surgeries that kept him off the field. Hafley is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Siena with a bachelor's degree in history. He earned his master's from Albany in 2003.
Hometown: Montvale, N.J.
Alma Mater: Siena, '01
College Coaching Experience
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Years/Position: 2001, running backs.
Years/Position: 2002-03, defensive assistant/ defensive tackles & outside linebackers; 2004-05, defensive backs & recruiting coordinator.
Years/Position: 2006-07, defensive assistant/cornerbacks; 2008-present, secondary.
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