Jan. 31, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst announced today the hiring of Inoke (pronounced ee-NO-kay) Breckterfield as the Panthers’ defensive line coach. A two-time All-Pac-10 defensive end as a collegian at Oregon State, Breckterfield comes to Pittsburgh after coaching the defensive line at UCLA in 2011.
“Our defensive linemen are going to really benefit from Inoke’s experience as a player and coach,” Chryst said. “Inoke was an outstanding player at Oregon State who went on to play in the CFL. Personally and professionally, he is an outstanding addition to our staff.”
Prior to UCLA, Breckterfield coached the defensive line at Montana during the 2010 season. The Grizzlies ranked first in the Big Sky Conference and 14th nationally in tackles for loss (7.64 per game), and second in the league and 18th nationally in sacks per contest (2.64). The year prior to Breckterfield’s arrival in 2009, Montana ranked 103rd and 88th in those categories, respectively.
A tenacious defensive end at Oregon State, Breckterfield finished his collegiate career as the Beavers’ career leader in tackles for loss (55.5) and sacks (19.5). As a senior in 1998, he was named an Associated Press All-American (third team) and the Pac-10’s Morris Trophy Award recipient as the top defensive lineman in the league as voted on by Pac-10 offensive linemen. Breckterfield additionally was named Oregon State’s “Male Athlete of the Year” and played in the prestigious Hula Bowl all-star game.
Breckterfield was twice named the Beavers’ Most Valuable Player and was the team’s Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
Following his OSU career, he played five seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts (1999-2000) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2001-03). In Breckterfield’s initial season with Winnipeg, the Blue Bombers advanced to the Grey Cup final after posting a franchise-best 14-4 mark and tying a CFL record with 12 consecutive wins.
Breckterfield began his coaching career under Mike Riley, his former head coach, at Oregon State. Joining the Beavers as a volunteer assistant in 2006, Breckterfield went on to serve as a graduate assistant in 2007 and ‘08 working with the defensive line. The 2008 Beavers finished with a No. 18 ranking after going 9-4 with a victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl.
Following his graduate assistantship with Oregon State, Breckterfield landed his first full-time post as defensive line coach at Weber State in 2009, helping the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the Big Sky.
Breckterfield owns a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Oregon State. He and his wife Carol have a son, Kalevi.
Chryst has now filled each of the nine positions on his coaching staff. Those appointments include:
Bob Bostad: offensive coordinator/offensive line
Inoke Breckterfield: defensive line
Bobby Engram: wide receivers
Eddie Faulkner: running backs
Matt House: secondary
Dave Huxtable: defensive coordinator
Joe Rudolph: assistant head coach/quarterbacks
Chris Haering: linebackers
Jim Hueber: tight ends
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