Pitt hires former NFL receiver as receivers coach

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Pitt hired former NFL wide receiver Greg Lewis as its new wide receivers coach, Panthers coach Paul Chryst announced Wednesday.

Lewis spent 2013 season as the wide receivers coach at San Jose State, and in 2012 coached the receivers at the University of San Diego.

Prior to coaching, Lewis played eight years in the NFL from 2003-2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. He recorded 152 catches for 1,992 yards and eight touchdowns.

“Greg really impressed us with his knowledge, energy and desire to teach the game,” Chryst said in a statement. “His background as a college and NFL receiver will serve our players and staff well. I know he is excited to get started and we’re equally excited about him joining us in Pittsburgh.”

Lewis will take over for Bobby Engram, who left the Pitt staff this offseason to take the wide receivers coaching job with the Baltimore Ravens.

“It is a tremendous opportunity to work with a great coach in Paul Chryst at a storied program like Pitt,” Lewis said in a statement. “We are going to work very hard to build on the great history that Pitt has. I’m a city guy and I just love the area where the university is located. Pittsburgh is an exciting city with tremendous football tradition. I’m looking forward to getting there and getting started.”

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

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