Pitt has a new addition to their football staff.
Derik Abbott joins the Panthers program as an offensive graduate assistant as well as the assistant quarterbacks coach. Abbott will serve in the same capacity as Jonathan DiBiaso, who left the program last month. Details on that departure still have not been revealed.
Abbott is a 2016 graduate of Robert Morris University, where he was a four-year quarterback for the Colonials. Prior to his college career, Abbott was a record-breaking quarterback at Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida.
Following his playing career, Abbott spent the 2017-18 season as an offensive quality control and assistant quarterback coach at Lindenwood University. From there, he served as an offensive coordinator back home in Orlando at Olympia High School.
Abbott then moved on to U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he’s been for the last 4 seasons and has served numerous roles.
-2019: Tight ends coach.
-2020: Offensive line/tight ends.
-2021: Play caller, quarterbacks coach, was their only full-time offensive coach.
-2022: Quarterbacks Coach and Pass Game Coordinator.
In 2022, Abbott spent time with the Tennessee Titans during their training camp under the Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship.
Abbott’s family has some history with the University of Pittsburgh as his father went to Pitt in 1984 and his grandmother worked for 25 years in the Student Union.