Pitt has hired John Ford, Jr. as director of football operations, filling the spot that was vacated when Ben Mathers returned to Michigan State earlier this year.
Ford comes from Wake Forest, where he spent the last four years, most recently as associate director of football operations.
“I’m humbled to announce that I have accepted the position of assistant athletic director of football operations at the University of Pittsburgh!” Ford wrote on his twitter account.
— John Ford Jr. (@J_Ford02) April 7, 2019
Before his four years at Wake Forest, Ford spent two years as an operations and video assistant at Rutgers, the he was also a student assistant as an undergrad. He graduated from Rutgers in 2013 and earned a master’s degree from Wake Forest in 2018.
Mathers had been the only person to hold the director of football operations job under head coach Pat Narduzzi, having come to Pitt with Narduzzi from Michigan State in 2015. Mathers returned to Michigan State this offseason to become the assistant director of coaching technology with the Spartans.
Ford joins six other new Pitt football staffers for the 2019 season: Scott Woodward as offensive quality control coach, Phil DeCapito as defensive quality control coach, Ronald Booker and Joe Kreinsen as offensive graduate assistants and Bryan Bing and Michael Priefer, Jr. as defensive graduate assistants.
Pitt still has vacancies at director of recruiting, where Reed Case left for a similar position at Louisville, and director of creative services, where Zach Lantz left for Virginia Tech.