Pitt made it official and replaced Josh Conklin with a long-time collegiate defensive coach.
Tonight, Pat Narduzzi announced that Northwestern linebackers coach Randy Bates was Pitt’s new defensive coordinator.
Bates has been Pat Fitzgerald’s linebacker coach since taking over at Northwestern in 2006. This past season, Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher was named the Big 10 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
“I knew it would always take a special place and outstanding opportunity to draw me away from Northwestern. After talking with Pat Narduzzi, I knew Pitt was that type of place. It is a tremendous honor to join a program with such a rich tradition and history. But more importantly, it has an even brighter future under Coach Narduzzi. I can’t wait to meet our players and get started,” said Bates.
Bates is someone that Narduzzi knows quite well, having gone against him while at Michigan State.
”I’ve known Randy for a long time and have the utmost respect for him as a teacher and recruiter. He is a tireless worker, always learning and always striving to improve as a coach. I’ve shared many phone calls with him discussing techniques, schemes and opponents. But what is most impressive about Randy is the type of person he is. He values relationships and is really invested in the student-athletes under his watch. Randy will bring a great passion and knowledge to Pitt and I know he’ll put a great mark on our very promising defense,” said Narduzzi.