Upon his hiring this past December, new Pitt head football coach Dave Wannstedt said he wanted to effectively stretch the Panthers' recruiting arm to the eastern part of the Keystone State on an annual basis.
Wannstedt and his staff have been busy spring recruiting most of this month. However, he also wants to reach out to fans, alumni and coaching colleagues in Eastern Pennsylvania. Wannstedt will be hosting three events next week for that purpose. They include:
· Havertown Coaching Clinic (Tuesday, May 17): Held at Barnaby's on 1901 Old West Chester Pike in Havertown, Pa. Coach Wannstedt and Pitt offensive line coach Paul Dunn will host a football clinic from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a social. Cost is $15. To register, call (412) 648-8700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
· "Meet Coach Wannstedt Night" (Wednesday, May 18): Held at the Marvin Comisky Center, located at One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry Sts. in center city Philadelphia. Coach Wannstedt will meet and greet members of the Pitt Alumni Association and Panther Club from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. To attend, contact the Pitt Alumni Association at (800) 258-7488 or e-mail email@example.com.
· Hershey Coaching Clinic (Thursday, May 19): Held at Hershey Italian Lodge on 128 Hillcrest Road in Hershey, Pa. Coach Wannstedt and Pitt offensive line coach Paul Dunn will host a football clinic from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by a social. Cost is $10. To register, call (412) 648-8700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A rugged offensive tackle for the Panthers from 1970-73, Wannstedt returned to his alma mater with 30 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level and in the National Football League. His career has produced three championship rings, including a Super Bowl title and two national collegiate championships.
Wannstedt is the 34th head football coach in Pitt history and becomes the ninth graduate of Pitt to lead the Panthers' football program.
In his 30-year coaching career, Wannstedt has been a part of 10 bowl teams, six NFL playoff teams, two college national champions (Pittsburgh in 1976 and Miami in 1987) and one Super Bowl champion (Dallas in 1992).
He rejoined the college ranks after spending the last 16 years in the NFL. Eleven of those years were as a head coach, including six with the Chicago Bears (1993-98) and five with the Miami Dolphins (2000-04). Wannstedt's 14 years of collegiate coaching experience include 11 winning campaigns and a 112-48-4 record.
Paul Dunn, a native of Glenolden, Pa. and graduate of Interboro High, was a hard-nosed guard for Pitt's impenetrable offensive fronts of the early 1980s. He returned to his alma mater this past January with 22 years of experience coaching offensive lines on the collegiate level. He most recently served at Kentucky (2003-04) and Kansas State (1998-2002).