Cavanaugh Officially Gone

The Pitt football program finally can move on, as the New York Jets announced Monday that Matt Cavanaugh joined their staff as quarterbacks coach.

Ironically, the Jets also hired John DeFilippo as an assistant quarterbacks coach. Ben Kotwica was retained as assistant special teams coach and Brian Smith as quality control coach for defense. New Jets coach Rex Ryan made the announcement.

"On behalf of our entire program, I would like to thank Matt for his invaluable contributions to Pitt the past four years,'' Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt said in a released statement. "On the field and behind the scenes, he has been passionately dedicated to what we are building.

"Although he departs for the NFL, I know Matt will always be a Pitt man, and we certainly wish him only the very best with the New York Jets.''

Cavanaugh, a Youngstown, Ohio native and Pitt grad, joins the Jets after four seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Panthers. Cavanaugh, who played 14 NFL seasons for four teams -- the Patriots, 49ers, Eagles and Giants -- has 11 years NFL coaching experience to go with his college service.

Cavanaugh was an offensive coordinator for the Ravens (1999-2004) and the Bears (1997-98) and a quarterbacks coach for the 49ers (1996) and Cardinals (1994-95). He began his coaching career at Pitt as tight ends coach in 1993. As a player, he won a National Championship for Pitt in 1976 and Super Bowls as a backup quarterback with the 49ers in 1984 and the Giants in 1990. As a coach, he earned a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000.

DeFilippo, also a Youngstown native, was the Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach the past two seasons and also spent two seasons as an offensive quality control assistant with the Giants. Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, he was the quarterbacks coach at Columbia University for two seasons and a graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame for two seasons.

With the Fighting Irish, he worked with wide receivers and tight ends in 2001 and quarterbacks in 2002. He started his coaching career at Fordham University in 2000. DeFilippo was a four-time all-conference academic quarterback at James Madison while holding NFL summer coaching internships in 1997 (Panthers) and 1998 (Colts).

Kotwica (Tinley Park, IL/Army) has spent the last two seasons as a coach with the title of quality control for defense and special teams. He came to the Jets after two seasons as the defensive coordinator at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School.

Smith (Wilmington, DE/Massachusetts) moves to defense after two seasons with the Jets as a coach with the title, quality control for offense. He came to the Jets after three years as a coach at his alma mater where he tutored the linebackers for one year and the wide receivers for two seasons.

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