After over a month long search, Pat Narduzzi named long-time college assistant Shawn Watson as Pitt’s new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.
Watson has previously led offenses at Texas (2014-15), Louisville (2012-13), Nebraska (2007-10) and Colorado (2000-05). Last season, Watson was with Indiana serving as Hoosiers quarterback coach.
“Shawn Watson was one of my first mentors in this business (at Miami of Ohio). He sat me down as a young coach and taught me how to work with wide receivers in my first full time job at Miami in the early 90’s,” said Narduzzi.
“Ever since that time, we’ve talked about being able to reunite on the same staff again. I’m really thrilled that the time has finally arrived and he’ll be joining us at Pitt as our new offensive coordinator.”
In the press release from Pitt, Narduzzi goes on to talk about Watson’s strengths as a coach.
“He is extremely knowledgeable, an excellent recruiter and will be a tremendous strength in the quarterback room and offensive staff room,” said Narduzzi.
“I am tremendously honored and excited to join the staff at Pitt and be a part of what Pat Narduzzi is building there. Pat is one of my closest and dearest friends. I’ve known him for a very long time and have always admired the passion and energy he brings to coaching and teaching,” said Watson.
Watson has recruited 4-star QBs four of the last eight years and coached Teddy Bridgewater at Louisville.