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Having spent more than three decades in collegiate coaching, Tim Salem boasts experience that is not only extensive but also diverse. Salem has served as offensive coordinator at four different schools and coached four different positions on that side of the ball.

Entering his third season as Pitt's tight ends coach, Salem's broad perspective is a great asset for the Panthers on the field and in recruiting.

Under Salem's direction in 2016, Scott Orndoff enjoyed one of the most productive seasons ever by a Pitt tight end, compiling 35 catches for 579 yards (16.5 avg.) and five touchdowns. Orndoff played in the historic East-West Shrine Game and went on to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In his initial season at Pitt, Salem tutored tight end J.P. Holtz, who posted career production as a senior en route to All-ACC honors. Holtz is now a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Prior to Pitt, Salem spent three seasons at Illinois (2012-14) as special teams coordinator. He also coached the running backs in 2012 and 2013. Salem's units helped Illinois earn an invitation to the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl. Punter Justin DuVernois earned All-Big Ten honors after averaging 44.0 yards per punt to rank second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally.

In 2013, V'Angelo Bentley led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in punt returns with a 15.8-yard average. Bentley also became the first player in Illinois history to score touchdowns on both punt and kickoff returns in the same season.

At UCF from 2004-11, Salem coached some of the most productive and decorated players in school history. In 2007, running back Kevin Smith was a Consensus All-American after leading the nation in rushing yards (2,567) and rushing touchdowns (29). Smith's rushing total that season remains the third highest in Bowl Subdivision history, trailing only Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (2,587 in 2014).

UCF won its first Conference USA championship in 2007 with Salem at the controls of the offense. The Knights won 10 games, setting school records for points (502), touchdowns (62) and rushing yards (3,287) in the process.

Overseeing UCF's special teams, Salem mentored three of the country's most explosive kick returners. Rannell Hall (2011), Quincy McDuffie (2010) and Joe Burnett (2008) were all first-team All-Conference USA return men and ranked in the nation's top 10 in kickoff return average. McDuffie, in fact, was second nationally with a 32.2-yard average in 2010.

In 2003, Salem was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and kicking coach at Eastern Michigan. While at EMU, he worked with placekicker Andrew Wellock, who would go on to be a Lou Groza Award finalist.

From 1997-2000, Salem was the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State. He added the Buckeyes' wide receivers to his positional responsibilities in 2000. In 1998, Joe Germaine was the Big Ten Player of the Year, throwing for 3,330 yards and 25 touchdowns with only seven interceptions in leading the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record and No. 2 ranking in the final polls.

From 1991-96, Salem worked at Purdue where he initially served as quarterbacks coach and then, in his final three years, offensive coordinator. The Boilermakers led the Big Ten in rushing in 1995.

Salem's other coaching stops include Colorado State (1989-90) and Phoenix College (1987-88). A 1985 graduate of Arizona State, he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater for two seasons. Salem began his collegiate playing career at Minnesota, where he broke the Big Ten record for consecutive pass completions in 1980, before transferring to Arizona State for the 1983-84 seasons.

Salem comes from a family of coaches. His father, Joe, served as head coach at South Dakota (1966-74), Northern Arizona (1975-78) and Minnesota (1979-83). Tim's brother, Brad Salem, is the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State.

Salem and his wife, Wendy, have two sons, Taylor and Landan, and a daughter, Kylan.

BORN October 1, 1961
HOMETOWN Minneapolis, Minn.
ALMA MATER Arizona State, 1985
FAMILY Salem and his wife, Wendy, have two sons, Taylor and Landan, and a daughter, Kylan.

Arizona State, 1985-86 Graduate Assistant/Wide Receivers
Phoenix College, 1987-88 Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks
Colorado State, 1989-90 Running Backs and Special Teams
Purdue, 1991-96 1991-93, Quarterbacks; 1994-96, Offensive Coordinator
Ohio State, 1997-2000 1997-99, Quarterbacks; 2000, Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers
Eastern Michigan, 2003 Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks
UCF, 2004-11 2004-08, Offensive Coordinator; 2004, Quarterbacks; 2005, Tight Ends; 2006, Wide Receivers; 2007-08, Running Backs; 2009-11, Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends
Illinois, 2012-14 2012-14, Special Teams Coordinator; 2012-13, Running Backs
Pitt, 2015-present Tight Ends

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