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Two Former Pitt Stars Take Coaching Jobs at Local High School



Lafayette Pitts and Cheyton Pine may not have inter-lapped during their Pitt careers, but the former Panthers will be working together closely in the fall.

Pitts and Pine have been named as co-defensive coordinators at Bishop Canevin High School for the 2024 season, and the pair will work together to help bring the Crusaders back to the heights reached in the 2021 season — winning the WPIAL Class-1A title.

Bishop Canevin is replacing basically its entire coaching staff ahead of the 2024 season, and with the experience (both college and professional) that Pitts and Pine have to offer, it will certainly be a help when it comes to development.

It’s the start of what could be long coaching careers for both Pitts and Pine at this point in their football journeys.

Pitts spent four seasons at Pitt before undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. He initially signed with the Miami Dolphins, and he carved out an NFL career in which he spent time with the Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons.

Pitts was very active during his four seasons at Pitt, arriving as four-star recruit out of Woodland Hills, and he racked up 144 tackles (111 solo), six tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions, 16 pass breakups and a forced fumble and recovery.

He put together a stellar Pitt career, playing in all 52 games (51 starts) and rising to serve as a captain during his senior season in 2015.

Pine, who played linebacker at Pitt from 2016-21 and went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, received an opportunity in the XFL last year.

In five seasons at Pitt, Pine recorded 118 tackles (70 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four pass breakups. He emerged as a key reserve linebacker on Pitt’s ACC championship squad in 2021 — racking up 31 tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.

Pine wasn’t drafted in 2022, although he did receive a tryout from the Pittsburgh Steelers following the draft, and he will continue his football journey now at the coaching level.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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3 months ago

Pitts and Pine sounds like a law firm.

3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Or a BBQ joint

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