Panthers hire new strength coach

Walt Harris announced the hiring of Mike Kent as the new strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Kent spent the past 4 years at Louisville.

Kent is a graduate of North Carolina State where he earned his B.S. and Masters degrees. He then began his career as a graduate assistant with the Wolfpack (1985-1986).

Kent's resume is as follows:

(2000-2004) Louisville
(1999) Eastern Kentucky
(1990-1998) Appalachian State
(1988-1989) East Carolina
(1987) Shepherd

Kent was named the Southern Conference Strength Coach of the Year in 1995 and helped lead Appalachian State to the Div. 1AA playoffs 5 out of the 9 seasons he was on the staff.

While Coach Harris replaced David Kennedy as strength coach, he must now replace another assistant as Coach Ligashesky has resigned as tight ends and special teams coach to accept a job as assistant special teams coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Jack Del Rio.

That makes the third vacancy on the University of Pittsburgh staff. Harris has yet to replace running backs coach Dino Babers, who took the wide receivers job with UCLA, and wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator JD Brookhart, who has taken over as head coach of the Akron University program.

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