Troy Douglas, a 26-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks who owns extensive recruiting ties along the Atlantic Coast, enters his first season as secondary coach at Pitt.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Douglas spent the past two seasons at Iowa State where he developed three All-Big 12 performers in the secondary. For his career he counts 16 pupils who went on to play in the NFL, including five players on rosters during the 2013 season: cornerback Tracy Porter (Oakland Raiders), cornerback Mike Jenkins (Oakland Raiders), safety Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles), safety Da'Norris Searcy (Buffalo Bills) and cornerback Jerome Murphy (Washington Redskins).
Douglas is not unfamiliar with Pitt or members of its coaching staff. He worked with defensive coordinator Matt House at Michigan State during the 2001 and '02 seasons. As a standout receiver at Appalachian State (1983-86), Douglas was a teammate of new Pitt running backs coach John Settle. Pitt defensive ends coach John Palermo was assistant head coach at ASU in 1983, when Douglas and Settle were freshmen for the Mountaineers.
In his final year at Iowa State, Douglas coached All-Big 12 performer Jacques Washington, a highly active safety who sparked the Cyclones' come-from-behind win at West Virginia with three takeaways (two interceptions and a fumble recovery).
Prior to his stint with the Cyclones, Douglas coached the defensive backs at North Carolina for three years (2009-11). The Tar Heels intercepted 38 passes over the 2009 and '10 campaigns, ranking among the nation's top 12 in that category each season.
From 2006-08, Douglas worked with the defensive backs at South Florida, helping the Bulls to three bowl bids. USF corner Mike Jenkins was a first team All-American and 2008 first-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys. In 2007, USF led the country in fumble recoveries and turnovers gained, while ranking fourth in interceptions. In 2008, the Bulls ranked 10th nationally in total defense.
In 2004 and '05, Douglas coached at Indiana and worked with corner Tracy Porter, who went on to become an All-Big Ten performer and second-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints. Porter had a game-clinching 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Saints' 31-17 victory over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV.
Douglas' additional coaching stops include South Carolina State (2003), Michigan State (2001-2002), SMU (1997-2000), UTEP (1995-1996), East Tennessee State (1992-1994) and West Chester (1989-1991).
A standout collegiate player himself, Douglas was a four-year starter at wide receiver for Appalachian State, compiling 90 receptions for 1,401 yards. He earned his bachelor's degree from ASU in 1988.
Douglas and his wife Rebecca have two children, son Tanner and daughter Taryn.
|BORN||September 23, 1965|
|ALMA MATER||Appalachian State, 1988|
|FAMILY||Douglas and his wife Rebecca have two children, son Tanner and daughter Taryn|
|APPALACHIAN STATE, 1988||Graduate Assistant|
|WEST CHESTER, 1989-91||Defensive Backs|
|EAST TENNESSEE STATE, 1992-94||Defensive Backs|
|UTEP, 1995-96||1995, Secondary; 1996 Running Backs|
|SMU, 1997-2000||1997, Running Backs; 1998-2000, Defensive Backs|
|MICHIGAN STATE, 2001-02||Defensive Backs|
|SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, 2003||Defensive Backs|
|INDIANA, 2004-05||Defensive Backs|
|USF, 2006-08||Defensive Backs|
|NORTH CAROLINA, 2009-11||Defensive Backs|
|IOWA STATE, 2012-13||Defensive Backs|
|PITTSBURGH, 2014||Defensive Backs|
Pitt Football Positional Preview: Special Teams
Pitt's Conner Named to Walter Camp Award Watch List
Pitt Football Positional Preview: The Defense
Pitt's Conner Named Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidate
Three Pitt players named Wuerffel Trophy candidates
Pitt's Bisnowaty Named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List