Canada to Pitt as new offensive coordinator

Matt Canada will fill the vacancy at offensive coordinator created by Jim Chaney's departure for Georgia, the school announced Friday.

Pat Narduzzi has a new offensive coordinator, and it's a familiar face. 

Matt Canada, most recently the offensive coordinator at North Carolina State before his dismissal last week, was named Pitt's new offensive coordinator Friday afternoon. 

"I’m thrilled and honored to join Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program," Canada said in a release. "I have tremendous respect for Pat as a person and professional. He truly does things the right way. Pat is building something special at Pitt and I’m ready to hit the ground running and begin contributing to the effort."

Canada has 24 years of coaching experience and the Wolfpack averaged over 30 points per game in the last two seasons. NC State's 33.2 points per game in 2015 marked the third-best average in school history.

Narduzzi, who says he is fortunate to be able to bring Canada to Pittsburgh, worked with him at Northern Illinois from 2000-02 where Narduzzi coachedd the linebackers and Canada worked with the running backs and quarterbacks.

"Matt is an innovative offensive mind, excellent teacher of quarterback play and strong recruiter and evaluator," Narduzzi said. "He is a great leader who will provide our team and staff with a real spark. Most importantly, Matt is a tremendously loyal person who will be a great fit for Pitt."

Canada spent the last three seasons as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at NC State and the Wolfpack averaged 412.8 yards per game and 6.0 yards per play in 2015. Under Canada's supervision quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw 43 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions over the last two seasons. 

Previously, Canada replaced Paul Chryst after he left for the Pitt head coaching job as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2012 season. Canada coached quarterbacks from 2004-10 at Indiana before a one-year stint as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois in 2011. 

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