Panthers and Florida State to kick off 2013 campaign in just 18 days
Saturday marked the first day of full pads
Day two of camp complete
The second-year Pitt coach announced three new assignments.
The Panthers look to get back on the winning track.
Matt House enters his third season on the Pitt staff and second as defensive coordinator.
After working with the secondary the past two years, House will change his positional focus to the linebackers in 2014.
The Panthers ranked 34th nationally in total defense in 2013, yielding 367.5 yards per contest. The steadily improving unit saved one of its best performances for last, limiting Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green to just 289 yards in a 30-27 Pitt victory in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The high-flying Falcons' offense had been averaging 472 yards and 35 points per game.
House joined Paul Chryst's original staff in 2012 as secondary coach following a four-year tenure in the National Football League. In his debut season at Pitt, House's defensive backfield helped the Panthers earn lofty NCAA rankings in pass defense (20th, 194.2 yards/game), pass efficiency defense (21st, 113.12 rating) and interceptions (26th, 15 total).
Prior to Pitt, House served as a defensive quality control coach with the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11. In 2008, he was a special teams assistant with the Carolina Panthers, who went 12-4 that year en route to the NFC South Division title and the fourth-ever playoff berth in franchise history. In addition to contributing to special teams, House also served as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Panthers.
Prior to the NFL, House was defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator under Turner Gill at the University at Buffalo for two seasons (2006-07). In his final season at UB, the rising Bulls captured a share of the MAC East Division title. House's pupils at Buffalo included four-time first-team All-MAC safety Davonte Shannon, a native of Jeannette, Pa., and graduate of Jeannette High. Shannon finished as the Bulls' all-time leading tackler and signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins.
House additionally was defensive line coach at Gardner-Webb University (2005) where he helped develop consensus All-America defensive end Brian Johnston. The two-time Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year would go on to be selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft.
House began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State (his alma mater) during the 2001 and `02 seasons and worked with the Spartans' defensive backs and special teams. The 2002 Spartans earned an invitation to the Silicon Valley Bowl. He also was a defensive assistant at North Carolina for two years (2003-04), working with the secondary.
House and his wife Jessi have a daughter, Avery, and three sons, Jackson, Jacob and Trent.
|BORN||May 17, 1978|
|ALMA MATER||Michigan State, 2000|
|FAMILY||House and his wife Jessi have a daughter, Avery, and three sons, Jackson, Jacob, and Trent.|
|COLLEGE COACHING EXPERIENCE|
|MICHIGAN STATE, 2001-02||Graduate Assistant/Secondary|
|NORTH CAROLINA, 2003-04||Defensive Assistant|
|GARDNER-WEBB, 2005||Defensive Line|
|UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, 2006-07||Defensive Backs & Recruiting Coordinator|
|PITTSBURGH, 2012-Present||2012, Secondary, 2013 Defensive Coordinator & Safeties; 2014 Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers|
|PROFESSIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS, 2008||Special Teams Assistant & Strength and Conditioning Assistant|
|ST. LOUIS RAMS, 2009-11||Quality Control/Defense|
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