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Former Pitt Safety Jarred Holley Hired As James Madison Cornerbacks Coach

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Yet another former Pitt Panther football players has a coaching position in college football.

Following the recent hirings of Nate Byham as tight ends coach at Stanford and Hank Poteat as cornerbacks coach at Iowa State, a third ex-Panther has a new job.

James Madison has announced the hiring of Jared Holley as the team’s new cornerback’s coach.

Holley joins Curt Cignetti’s program after spending the last two seasons at North Texas, where he held the same position. Prior to his two seasons at North Texas, Holley was the safeties coach and passing game coordinator at Albany (2018-20) and graduate assistant and analyst with the special teams and defensive staff at Arizona State.

“I’m excited for the opportunity Coach Cignetti has given me to join his staff here at JMU,” said Holley. “It’s tradition of winning and excellence has me extremely fired up to get started. I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the staff I will be working with and the young men I will have the privilege of coaching. Can’t wait to build relationships with each and every one of them. Go Dukes!”

Holley will be coaching at James Madison with two former Pitt Panthers teammates- offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Tino Sunseri.

Holley played at Pitt from 2008-12 and was a four-year starting safety, earning first team Big East All-Conference team in 2011 and second team in 2010. He finished his Panther career with 244 tackles, 11 interceptions, 13 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Holley also excelled off the field as he was twice named to the Big East All-Academic Team.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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