Former Pitt defensive back Hank Poteat, who spent a decade playing in the National Football League, enters his second year as a defensive graduate assistant working with the Panthers' cornerbacks.
Poteat returned 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). A four-year letterman (1996-99), 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 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.
Poteat began his coaching career working with the defensive backs at Kentucky Christian University during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
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.
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