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Paris Johnson to Leave Pitt Football Staff



Pitt assistant director of player personnel Paris Johnson, Sr. has resigned, according to a report by Football Scoop.

Johnson was with Pitt for just over a year, having been hired in February. He had previously worked with Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi at Michigan State from 2013 to 2015.

He also worked as safeties coach at Savannah State from 2016 to 2017 and special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Division II Central State (Ohio) in 2012. Johnson played collegiately at Miami (Ohio) and was a fifth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 1999 NFL Draft.

His son, Paris Johnson, Jr., is a five-star 2020 offensive tackle prospect that is committed to Ohio State.

The move continues what has been an offseason of significant turnover amongst Pitt’s support staff. Since the end of the 2018, Pitt has lost director of football operations Ben Mathers, director of recruiting Reed Case, Johnson, director of creative media Zach Lantz, sports dietician Katherine Hopkins, four graduate assistants and both quality control coaches.

Pitt has already replaced most of the departed staffers, having hired John Ford, Jr. from Wake Forest to serve as DFO, along with new GA’s and quality control coaches, including the return of former graduate assistant Phil DeCapito as defensive quality control coach.

Monaca native and Slippery Rock alum Adam Caltury has been hired to replace Case as director of recruiting. Caltury had previously worked at Rutgers. Taylor Wilhem, who is from Greenwich, Ohio, was hired from Iowa State to replace Lantz as director of creative media.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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5 years ago

He was only brought on so we could land his son. No need for him since that didn’t happen…

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