For the second time this offseason, Pat Narduzzi has added a veteran assistant to his coaching staff.
Last week, Pittsburgh Sports Now first reported that Maryland assistant Dave Borbely had interviewed for Pitt’s open offensive line coach position and today, Pitt announced that he’d been hired for the job. Borbely has been an assistant in college football for 37 years with stops at Notre Dame, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Louisville and Stanford.
“After a long and detailed search, I’m really thrilled to welcome Dave Borbely as our new offensive line coach,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “We could not have hired a more experienced or qualified coach to continue our growth on the offensive front. Dave is an outstanding teach who knows how to develop players. He owns a long relationship with our offensive coordinator, Shawn Watson, which will be a major strength for our coaches and players alike. Dave has a great football mind and will be a huge asset in our game planning throughout the season.”
Borbely has coached with Watson at Louisville (2012 and 2013 seasons) and at Colorado.
“I want to thank Coach Narduzzi and the Pitt staff for this opportunity. To have the chance to coach at an institution with such rich history like Pitt is a huge honor for me,” Borbely said. “Also, to have the opportunity to coach where Joe Moore started his great legacy as the best in the business is very humbling. I’m greatly looking forward to getting started.”
PSN’s Harry Psaros reached out to incoming Pitt lineman Blake Zubovic to get his reaction to the hiring, since Borbely recruited Zubovic while he was on the Maryland staff.
“I trusted in Coach Duzz to bring in a great coach and I think he did in hiring Coach Borbs,” Zubovic said. “He brings a lot of experience to the table and is a great guy too. I’m excited to work with him because he’s the first coach to recruit me and he even coined the name “Big Z.”