Feb. 13, 2014
PITTSBURGH--Troy Douglas, a 26-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks who owns extensive recruiting ties along the Atlantic Coast, has been named Pitt's secondary coach by Head Coach Paul Chryst.
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 four players on rosters this past season: cornerback Tracy Porter (Oakland Raiders), cornerback Mike Jenkins (Oakland Raiders), safety Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (Buffalo Bills).
"Troy Douglas is an outstanding addition to our program, on and off the field," Chryst said. "Troy is an energetic teacher of the game. He has extensive experience that includes time coaching and recruiting in the ACC. I think Troy will be an immediate asset for our players and staff."
Chryst also streamlined positional assignments for Pitt's defensive staff. In addition to coordinating the defense, Matt House will work with the linebackers. Chris Haering will coach the outside linebackers and serve as special teams coordinator. On the defensive line, Inoke Breckterfield will continue to coach the tackles and John Palermo will focus on the ends.
Chryst additionally announced that Desmond Robinson, who served as player personnel director this past season, will not be returning to Pitt's staff.
Douglas is not unfamiliar with Pitt or members of the coaching staff. He worked with House at Michigan State during the 2001 and '02 seasons. Additionally, as a standout receiver at Appalachian State (1983-86), he spent one season with Palermo, who was the assistant head coach at ASU during Douglas' freshman season.
"I'm incredibly excited to join Pitt and return to the ACC," Douglas said. "Coach Chryst is taking the program in an upward direction and I'm looking forward to contributing to that effort. I'm also excited about the opportunity to join the defensive staff at Pitt. Matt [House] and I worked together previously and J.P. [John Palermo] coached at Appalachian State when I played there. I know Inoke [Breckterfield] from the recruiting trail. It's a great group of coaches and people and I can't wait to join them."
This past 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 Iowa State, 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. 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. USF corner Mike Jenkins was a first team All-American and 2008 first-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys.
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.
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