Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst announced a realignment of his offensive coaching staff today. The changes include:
· Joe Rudolph has been named offensive coordinator. Rudolph will also coach the tight ends.
· Jim Hueber, previously the tight ends coach, will switch his positional focus to the offensive line.
"Joe Rudolph and Jim Hueber will be tremendous assets in their new assignments," Chryst said. "Joe and I worked closely on the offensive side of the ball at Wisconsin. He has a thorough knowledge of our systems and what we want to achieve offensively.
"Jim has coached some of the finest linemen in the game, pro and college. He is tremendously accomplished as a teacher of offensive line play, and his overall experience as a coach benefits our entire staff and program."
Rudolph, a Western Pennsylvania native and graduate of Belle Vernon Area High, spent the past four seasons as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin. Under his watch, Wisconsin had a tight end selected in three consecutive NFL drafts: Travis Beckum in 2009 (New York Giants), Garrett Graham in 2010 (Houston Texans) and Lance Kendricks in 2011 (St. Louis Rams). Kendricks will go down as one of the most decorated tight ends in UW history as he was a first team All-American and finalist for the John Mackey Award as a senior.
Hueber most recently served five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) and helped tutor three Pro Bowlers while working with the offensive line. Prior to his NFL stint, Hueber spent 33 years in the collegiate ranks. He enjoyed an exceptional tenure at Wisconsin (1992-2005), where he produced some of the finest offensive fronts in the country.
Hueber oversaw the development of three first team All-Americans on Wisconsin's offensive line: Aaron Gibson, Chris McIntosh and Joe Thomas. Each of the trio would go on to be first-round NFL Draft selections. Thomas was Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2007 draft (third player taken overall) and has been voted to five consecutive Pro Bowls – the first Browns player since legendary running back Jim Brown to make it in each of his first five seasons.
Chryst has two remaining positions to fill on his staff (quarterbacks and running backs). The current staff, with new assignments, includes:
Joe Rudolph: offensive coordinator, tight ends
Dave Huxtable: defensive coordinator
Inoke Breckterfield: defensive line
Bobby Engram: wide receivers
Matt House: secondary
Chris Haering: linebackers
Jim Hueber: offensive line