Pitt’s spring football practices start in just a few days and Pat Narduzzi has restocked his coaching staff in preparation after a variety of offseason departures.
The Panthers have made five hires to get ready for spring ball, with the potential of a few more coming in the next few days.
Here are the new faces on the Pitt sidelines for spring 2019:
Woodward spent the last four years on new Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s staff at UMass, where he was most recently the tight ends coach in 2018. Woodward also served as an offensive analyst in 2017 and worked with the team’s quarterbacks and receivers in 2015 & 2016.
Before returning to UMass, where he played college football, Woodward coached for three seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson as offensive coordinator and three seasons as on offensive graduate assistant ant quarterbacks coach at Division III Westfield (Mass.) State.
Woodward played quarterback at UMass, where he was a member of the team that reached the 2006 Division I-AA National Championship Game and threw for 613 yards as a senior in 2008.
He will replace James Patton as offensive quality control coach at Pitt.
Bing spent 2018 as the defensive tackles coach at Butler. Before that, he was a graduate assistant at Kent State in 2017, where he earned his master’s degree. He coached running backs at Division III Heidelberg (Ohio) in 2016.
A Bradenton, Florida native, Bing played collegiately at Methodist University, a Division III school in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was a three-time all-conference linebacker and is third in school history in career tackles.
Bing will be a defensive graduate assistant at Pitt.
Kreinsen spent the last three seasons as on Whipple’s staff at UMass, where he was an offensive graduate assistant.
He played for Westfield State, where he was a team captain, a four-year starter on the offensive line and an all-conference player as a senior in 2013. Kreinsen is a native of Natick, Mass.
Kreinsen will be an offensive graduate assistant at Pitt.
Ronald Booker II
Booker spent five years coaching defensive backs and wide receivers at Division III Rhodes College (Memphis, Tenn.), his alma mater. He played defensive back at Rhodes and is a Memphis native.
Booker will be a defensive graduate assistant at Pitt.
Michael Priefer, Jr.
Priefer spent the 2018 season as a special teams graduate assistant at Minnesota. He is the son of Cleveland Browns and former Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Michael Priefer and played collegiately at Division II Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Pitt still has at least two positions open, as they need to replace their defensive quality control coach after Tim Cooper took a defensive coordinator position with the University of Indianapolis and their director of football operations, as Ben Mathers has taken a position with his alma mater, Michigan State.
Pitt has also had a volunteer assistant most of the time under Narduzzi. Aaron Watson, son of former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, held that title a season ago.