Spencer Whipple, who played quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes and at nearby Pine-Richland High School, will serve Pitt as a defensive graduate assistant this season. Last year, Whipple was an assistant in the Panthers' football video department.
Whipple played in every single game his final two seasons (2010-11) at Miami, lettering as the team's primary holder and as a reserve QB. He was named the Hurricanes' 2011 recipient of the Mariutto Family Scholar-Athlete Award. Whipple graduated from Miami with a degree in sociology.
As a senior at Pine-Richland, Whipple passed for nearly 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Rams to an 11-1 record, the Greater Allegheny Conference title and the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. His performance earned him Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" North honors.
Whipple's 2012 appointment on the Pitt staff brought him back to the place where he began his collegiate playing career. Although he had opportunities on the FCS and Division II levels, he chose to join the Panthers as a walk-on signal caller in 2007.
Whipple owns an excellent coaching pedigree. His father Mark is a longtime and highly accomplished coach on the college and pro levels. He recently was the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns (2011-12) and also held that post with the Pittsburgh Steelers for three seasons (2004-06), including their 2005 Super Bowl championship campaign. As head coach of the University of Massachusetts (1998-2003), Mark Whipple directed the Minutemen to the 1998 NCAA Division I-AA national title.
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