Pitt hires new coach for defensive backs

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Pitt hired Iowa State defensive backs coach Troy Douglas to coach the same position for the Panthers, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday.

Douglas informed Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, a former Pitt defensive coordinator, of his decision Tuesday morning, according to a report in the Ames Tribune.

Douglas will take over the positional duties from defensive coordinator Matt House, who coached the secondary in 2013. Douglas also will work with graduate assistant Hank Poteat, a former NFL player who joined the staff last year to coach the cornerbacks.

At Iowa State last year, Douglas’ secondary gave up an average of 239.1 passing yards per game, 75th in Division I-A. The Cyclones had eight interceptions, tied with Pitt and several other teams for 98th.

Douglas joined the Iowa State staff in 2012. Before that, he coached the secondary at North Carolina and South Florida. An Appalachian State graduate, he has 24 years of coaching experience. In the Ames Tribune report, Douglas cited a closer proximity to his Florida home as a reason to move to Pittsburgh from Iowa State.

The addition of Douglas won’t be the last change for the Pitt coaching staff this offseason. The Panthers are still looking for a receivers coach to replace Bobby Engram, who was officially announced as joining the Baltimore Ravens’ coaching staff Tuesday.

Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG.

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