Paul Chryst added two more assistant coaches on Thursday, as Pitt announced the hiring of running backs coach Eddie Faulker and secondary coach Matt House.
Faulkner was most recently the running backs and special teams coach at Northern Illinois this past season. During his time with the Huskies, he helped the team to an 11-3 record, a MAC Championship and a win in the GoDaddy.com bowl.
Under Faulkner's tutelage, Jasmin Hopkins earned All-MAC honors rushing for 856 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards a carry. On special teams, the Huskies punt coverage team ranked second in the country, allowing an unheard of average of 1 yard per punt return. Kicker Matt Sims earned first-team All-MAC honors, on his way to a school-record 124 points (20-28 field goals, 64-66 PATs).
Prior to his stop in DeKalb, Faulkner spent eight seasons at Ball State, initially joining then head coach Brady Hoke's staff in 2003. He also coached running backs and special teams after starting off as a graduate assistant, before taking over as offensive coordinator. Faulkner even served as Ball State's interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season.
As a player, Faulkner helped Wisconsin to Big Ten titles from 1996-2000. He signed a rookie free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
House spent the last three years as defensive quality control coach with the St. Louis Rams. He was a special teams assistant with the Carolina Panthers the year before. During that time, he was also a strength and conditioning assistant.
Prior to his four seasons in the NFL, House was defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo. The Bulls won the MAC East in 2007. One of House's defensive backs was local Jeannette standout Davonte Shannon. Shannon went on to finish as the school's all-time leading tackler, and signed with the Washington Redskins as a rookie free agent. House also coached the defensive line at Gardner Webb in 2005. He got his start as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 2001, before heading to North Carolina for two seasons.
"Eddie Faulkner and Matt House bring exceptional energy and diverse experience to our coaching staff," Chryst added. "I know they are both incredibly excited about the opportunity to work for a great institution like the University of Pittsburgh. Eddie and Matt have already arrived at Pitt and will play important roles in helping us close out our recruiting class in strong fashion."
Here is the current roster of Pitt assistant coaches:
Bob Bostad: offensive coordinator/offensive line
Eddie Faulkner: running backs
Matt House: secondary
Dave Huxtable: defensive coordinator
Joe Rudolph: assistant head coach/quarterbacks
Chris Haering: linebackers
Jim Hueber: tight ends