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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach and University of Massachusetts head coach Mark Whipple will be be the next offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Panthers, the university confirmed on Monday.

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“Mark Whipple is truly one of the best teachers of offensive football in the country—college and pro,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “His track record working with quarterbacks is simply outstanding and I know that positional group will really grow under his influence.

“Mark will not only make a huge impact from an offensive standpoint, but his tremendous wealth of experience will benefit our entire program. I really value the fact that we are adding another staff member who has been a head coach. We are thrilled to welcome Coach Whipple and his family back to Pittsburgh.”

Whipple was quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s first positional coach with the Steelers and the pair won a Super Bowl together during the 2005 season. Whipple also won a college national title as head coach at Massachusetts in 1998.

“I have known and respected Pat Narduzzi for a very long time, so it is an incredibly exciting opportunity to join his coaching staff at Pitt,” Whipple said. “He is building something very special at a place that has such a rich and inspiring football tradition. I am really looking forward to meeting our players and hitting the ground running in preparation for spring ball.”

Whipple was the Steelers quarterbacks coach from 2004 to 2006. He also held the same job with the Cleveland Browns during the 2011-12 season.

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In addition to two stints at UMass, Whipple also led the programs at Brown University and the University of New Haven.