Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi officially announced on Monday afternoon that he has hired former UMass head coach and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple as Pitt’s next offensive coordinator.
Whipple comes with extensive experience, having worked as a quarterbacks coach in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns, and as an offensive coordinator at the Power Five level with the Miami Hurricanes.
Narduzzi highlighted Whipple’s experience and abilities as a teacher of the game in his announcement:
“Mark Whipple is truly one of the best teachers of offensive football in the country—college and pro,” 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 had not previously worked with Narduzzi, but said the two have had long relationship.
“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.”
Pitt’s press release also highlighted Whipple’s championship pedigree. He won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2005 and an FCS National Championship during his first stint at UMass head coach in 1998.
Pitt is expected to introduce Whipple at a press conference at a later date.