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Several Pitt Football Staffers Moving On

Several Pitt Football Staffers Moving On

Several Pitt football staffers will be moving on after the 2018 season, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned.

PSN previously reported that offensive quality control coach James Patton had moved on to become the offensive line coach at Eastern Michigan. 

Additionally, defensive quality control coach Tim Cooper has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Division II University of Indianapolis and defensive graduate assistant Josh Lott is the new defensive line coach at FCS Rhode Island.

Patton and Cooper were hired by Pat Narduzzi in February 2017. Mathers came to Pitt with Narduzzi from Michigan State in 2015.

Four other part-time staff members from the 2018 season are no longer listed on the team’s coaches page: offensive graduate assistants Ben Cotton and Mike Perish, defensive graduate assistant Mike Caprara and volunteer assistant Aaron Watson.

Caprara, Cotton, Lott and Perish joined the Pitt coaching staff in 2017. Caprara was a Pitt linebacker from 2012-16 and is a Woodland Hills alum. Lott played collegiately at Duquesne. Graduate assistant positions typically carry two-year tenures.

Watson is the son of former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.

RETRACTION: A previous version of this story reported that Pitt director of football operations Ben Mathers was leaving Pitt. Upon further investigation, that report was unsubstantiated.

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