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Pitt Promotes Cory Sanders to Assistant Head Coach

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Pitt safeties coach Cory Sanders.

Cory Sanders has been a vital member of the Pitt coaching staff over the last few years, and he’s now getting the recognition he deserves.

Pitt announced Monday morning that Sanders, who is entering his seven season as the safeties coach, has been promoted to assistant head coach, filling the void left by former defensive line coach Charlie Partridge departing for the NFL.

“From the day we hired Cory back in 2018, he has been an outstanding resource for our entire program,” Pat Narduzzi said in the Pitt release. “This promotion reflects the deep impact he already makes on our players, coaches and staff. Cory is an excellent teacher and mentor who makes everyone around him better. He sees the larger picture in everything we do. Everyone in our building will benefit from his expanded role with our program.”

Sanders has worked with secondary coach Archie Collins to build the Pitt secondary into one of the top units on the team every year, helping the produce NFL Draft picks like Damar Hamlin, Brandon Hill and Erick Hallett.

His recruiting work, covering areas across the country, is an asset that Pitt can’t afford to lose. He’s a strong recruiter in Pennsylvania and down south.

The former Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) College head coach and alum is viewed favorably as the long-term successor to Randy Bates as the defensive coordinator.

“I am incredibly grateful to Coach Narduzzi for giving me the opportunity to make an even greater impact for Pitt football,” Sanders said. “The University of Pittsburgh is a tremendous place and it has been such an honor to work on behalf of the Pitt football program the past six years. I truly believe our best is yet to come and I’m excited to work with our coaches and players to bring another ACC championship trophy back to Pitt.”

Sanders will work with a deep, veteran safeties unit in the 2024 season, a unit that is expected to be perhaps the best position group on the roster.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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25 days ago

Much deserved. The safety position at Pitt has been elite for several years.

Cignetti & Friends
Cignetti & Friends
25 days ago

Pitt’s secondary seems to get regularly ‘burned’ on long pass plays. Takes Pitt a long ground out 20 play drive to score…and immediately the other team scores in 1 to 3 pass plays in like a couple minutes or less.

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