Pittsburgh—New Pitt head football coachPaul Chryst announced six coaching staff appointments today. They include:
Bob Bostad: offensive coordinator/offensive line
Dave Huxtable: defensive coordinator
Joe Rudolph: assistant head coach/quarterbacks
Chris Haering: linebackers
Jim Hueber: tight ends
Todd Rice: strength and conditioning
"We are assembling a great group of coaches who are tremendously excited about joining the University of Pittsburgh and our football program," Chryst said. "Not only are they excellent coaches but also great people. They are very enthusiastic about what we can accomplish at Pitt. I know they will be great assets for our players, program and university."
The following are brief bio capsules for each of Pitt's new coaches.
Considered one of college football's finest offensive line coaches, Bob Bostad spent the past six years at Wisconsin. Under Bostad's guidance, the Badgers' offensive line has become one of the most decorated positional groups in the country. The past two years, Bostad tutored four first team All-Americans on Wisconsin's offensive front (center Pete Konz and guard Kevin Zeitler in 2011, and tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffit in 2010). The Badgers rushed for more than 3,000 yards each of the past two seasons en route to a pair of Big Ten titles. This past season, the offensive line paved the way for tailback Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist, who rushed for 1,923 yards and set an NCAA record with 39 touchdowns.
A 30-year college coaching veteran, Dave Huxtable spent this past season coaching linebackers at Wisconsin, where he produced a pair of first-team All-Big Ten performers in Chris Borland and Mike Taylor. Prior to working with the Badgers, Huxtable spent seven seasons at UCF (2004-10), including the final three as defensive coordinator. His work was instrumental in helping the Knights capture the 2010 Conference USA title and a subsequent victory over Georgia in the Liberty Bowl. Huxtable's 2010 defense at UCF ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (17.1 points/game), eighth in rushing defense (108.4 yards/game), 15th in total defense (315.4 yards/game) and 18th in pass efficiency defense (113.0 rating). He previously served as defensive coordinator at North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky.
Joe Rudolph, a graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School, returns to Western Pennsylvania after coaching the tight ends at Wisconsin the past four seasons. He additionally served as UW's recruiting coordinator. Rudolph was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten guard for the Badgers during his standout collegiate playing career (1991-94). As a coach at Wisconsin, he oversaw the development of three NFL draft picks at tight end. Under his tutelage, Lance Kendricks was a first team All-American and finalist for the John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end. Previously, Rudolph served as tight ends coach at Nebraska in 2007 and contributed to the Cornhuskers' special teams. He also worked at Ohio State as the Buckeyes' strength coordinator (2006) and offensive graduate assistant coach (2004-05). In addition to his bachelor's degree from Wisconsin, Rudolph has a master's degree in business administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris Haering joins Pitt from nearby Mt. Lebanon High School, where he served as head football coach the past 17 years (1995-2011) and compiled a 111-71 record. Under Haering's direction, Mt. Lebanon won the 2000 WPIAL Class AAAA championship and advanced to the playoffs 13 times. Prior to Mt. Lebanon, he was the head coach at Hampton High in 1994 and finished with an 8-3 mark and WPIAL playoff berth. Haering was a standout linebacker at West Virginia University from 1986-89. He still ranks seventh among West Virginia's all-time leading tacklers with 416 stops. As a junior in 1988, he helped the Mountaineers to an undefeated regular season and Fiesta Bowl berth against Notre Dame. It was at WVU that Haering first met Paul Chryst, who was a graduate assistant coach under Don Nehlen in 1989 and 1990.
Jim Hueber owns nearly four decades of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels. Hueber most recently served five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) working with the offensive line. He spent 33 years coaching college football, including an exceptional tenure under Barry Alvarez at Wisconsin (1992-2005), where he helped the Badgers evolve into a national power. He spent his initial three years in Madison coaching the running backs before moving his positional focus to the offensive line. During his time at Wisconsin, the Badgers posted a 112-57-4 record, including an 8-3 bowl mark. Prior to UW, Hueber coached the offensive line at the University of Minnesota for eight seasons (1984-91), originally serving under Lou Holtz.
Todd Rice spent the past five years as director of strength and conditioning for the NC State football team. Prior to his time with the Wolfpack, Rice served five years in the same capacity at Boston College. His professional experience also includes a five-year stint as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of California-Berkeley, where he and his staff directed the strength and conditioning program for 27 sports. Rice has also been a part of the strength and conditioning staffs at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Ball State University and with the San Francisco 49ers.