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  Hank Poteat
Hank Poteat

Player Profile
Position:
Cornerbacks

Former Pitt defensive back Hank Poteat (1996-99), who spent a decade as a player in the National Football League, joined the Panthers' staff in February as a defensive graduate assistant and will work with the cornerbacks.

Poteat returns to his alma mater where he was a two-time first-team All-Big East cornerback and led Pitt in interceptions in 1998 and 1999. As a junior in '98, he led the Big East and ranked fourth nationally with an average of 0.60 INTs per game (six total). Poteat was also a dangerous kickoff return man and still holds Pitt records for kick return yards in a season (764 in 1998) and career (2,010).

Poteat was a third-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2000 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he had a 53-yard punt return for a TD that sparked the Steelers past Washington, 24-3, in the final game ever played in Three Rivers Stadium.

Poteat would play for five NFL teams over 10 seasons and earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2004 New England Patriots. He retired from the NFL following the 2009 season and spent the past two years as defensive backs coach at Kentucky Christian University.

Born in Philadelphia, Poteat spent his early childhood there before moving to Harrisburg. He was a three-sport standout at Harrisburg High, starring in football, basketball and track. Poteat earned his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Pitt in 2011. He and his wife Jasmine have two daughters, Ariana and Sierra, and a son, Tre.