4-1-Zoo: Pitt’s New Coaching Staff

PITTSBURGH – While Todd Graham’s entire coaching staff isn’t entirely in place, the big pieces are coming together.

Graham brought five coaches with him to sit in the second row at his introductory press conference Tuesday evening: Paul Randolph, Keith Patterson, Calvin Magee, Mike Norvell and Tony Gibson.

Graham pointed out how excited he is to have these pieces of his staff together with a rather bold claim.

“This is going to be the best coaching staff that I’ve ever worked on, hands down,” Graham said.

Here’s a brief bio on each coach, explaining what they will be doing at Pitt and what they have done in the past:

Paul Randolph:

Randolph’s official title is senior associate head coach. In other words, he’s Graham’s right-hand man. He’ll also be in charge of the defensive line at Pitt.

Randolph’s defensive lines have been relatively successful in recent years. In 2008, the Tulsa defense ranked No. 37 in the country in rush defense, which was good enough for second in Conference USA.

Randolph has also spent time at Alabama, which he left to coach with Graham at Rice. His other stops as a coach were at West Virginia, Toledo, Illinois State, Valdosta State and Tennessee-Martin.

Keith Patterson:

Patterson will serve as Pitt’s defensive coordinator. He previously spent eight seasons at Tulsa – seven with Graham, who was his roommate in college.

He coached 10 all-conference players at Tulsa, three of which were first-team all conference at the linebacker position. Before coaching at Tulsa, Patterson spent 16 years coaching high school football in Oklahoma and Texas.

Mike Norvell:

Norvell will serve as Pitt’s co-offensive coordinator. He will also be the team’s passing game coordinator, which he was at Tulsa. He’ll also work with the Pitt wide receivers.

Norvell coached G.J. Kinne to an outstanding season in 2010. Kinne finished with 3,650 passing yards, completing just under 60 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. In turn, Tulsa had five different receivers finish with 350 yards or more for the year.

Norvell was a graduate assistant at Central Arkansas in 2006, where he coached wide receivers and running backs.

Calvin Magee:

Magee will be the other co-offensive coordinator, coming over from Michigan. He was responsible for one of the nation’s top offenses at Michigan.

The Wolverines were 36th in the country in passing (250.2 yards per game), 13th in rushing (238.5 yards per game) and 25th in scoring offense (32.8 points per game) in 2010. He was also the offensive coordinator at West Virginia in the Rich Rodriguez years, when Steve Slaton, Noel Devine and Pat White ran wild in the Big East.

Graham said at his press conference that Magee is “one of the best offensive minds I’ve been around in the business.”

Tony Gibson:

Gibson will coach Pitt’s defensive backs and also be the program’s recruiting coordinator. He spent last year at Michigan as well, serving as assistant head coach to Rodriguez.

Gibson was WVU’s recruiting coordinator under Rodriguez as well.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Z00 Blog

  • pghtomkat

    ” He previously spent eight seasons at Tulsa – seven with Graham, who was his roommate in college”

    Seems like the VERY BEST way to choose my staff; we used to do beer bongs and co-eds togther

    • pittstinks

      Pitt sucks. Still gettin WV’s rejects.

  • jeff

    Hasn’t Graham only been at Tulsa for 4 years? How could he have spent the last 7 with Keith Patterson at Tulsa?

    • Chris Gates

      Graham was a coordinator at Tulsa for 3 years before becoming a head coach there.

      • Jeff

        Thanks Chris

  • JW

    As I’ve posted before, the thing that concerns me is that he’s bringing the D-coordinator. If you look at Tulsa’s stats for YPG and PPG given up under Patterson, you’d have some concern too. Coach Graham said he’ll be running a 3-4 defense. Coach Patterson might want to visit another coach at the South Side facility who’s running a 3-4, get some schooling and take a lot of notes!

  • pitt fan

    Hey,, If things all hold true, maybe Lewis and Baldwin along with HH, should re-consider going to the NFL, especially because of the possible lockout, and stick around at Pitt,, Sounds like they could have some fun, and some big stats..
    Baldwin may get alot of balls thrown his way, and won’t have to pout, and quit playing…..

  • Mon River Towing

    Most will agree that Dion Lewis and Jon Baldwin are Pitt’s biggest stars. Given that both stars said they were leaving for NFL at the same time Pitt was about to name a new coach speaks volumes about how Dave Wannstedt had let the lunatics takeover the asylum. Your star players should be leaders in times of turmoil, rather these two fled. Neither Lewis nor Baldwin nor Hynoski waited to even learn who the coach was. Why? They care about themselves. They got big heads. Newsflash fellas: You arent as good as you think you are. Many Pitt fans and others will push these two to stick with Pitt at least another year. I say good riddance to both. Coach Graham needs a fresh start. Baldwin & Lewis are akin to Brian Giles and Jason Kendall with the Pirates. Both great individual players, but detrimental to the long term success of the program. Lets move on. We can wish them the best in the NFL, but dont throw out that “I told you so” anytime soon.

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