By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst announced the hiring of two coaches Monday to help fill out his staff: Desmond Robinson (running backs) and Brooks Bollinger (quarterbacks).

Robinson played at Pitt as a defensive lineman/linebacker under both former coaches John Majors and Jackie Sherrill. He coached for one year at Pitt in 1981 before holding various positions at Notre Dame, West Virginia, Syracuse, Tulane, Dartmouth and UConn. He has coached in NFL Europe as well.

Maybe the most notable player to people in this region that Robinson coached was former WVU running back Amos Zereoue.

“Desmond’s Pitt ties and extensive coaching experience are going to be invaluable to our program on and off the field,” Chryst said in a statement. “He is an excellent teacher of the game and our running backs will greatly benefit from his guidance.”

Bollinger played quarterback at Wisconsin from 1999-2002, going 30-12 overall and 3-0 in bowl games including the 2000 Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the New York Jets and also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys for his professional career.

“Brooks knows firsthand the mental and physical preparation needed for successful quarterback play,” Chryst said. “He was a consummate leader for us at Wisconsin before going on to pro football, and those experiences are going to be assets for our players and staff.”

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog