Hoak's long run with Steelers ends

Assistant, ex-player to retire after 45 years

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A longtime Steelers coach will announce his retirement today at a news conference.

Not Bill Cowher, Dick Hoak.

Hoak, who first went to work for the Steelers when Cowher was 4 years old, will retire after spending 45 years working for the organization, the past 35 as their running backs coach.

Hoak, 67, played 10 years at halfback for the Steelers from 1961-70 after he graduated from Penn State. Chuck Noll hired him to coach his running backs in '71 and he has remained in that job ever since.

He was the only coach from Noll's staff that Bill Cowher kept when he became the new Steelers coach in 1992. He coached one Hall of Fame back in Franco Harris and could count another when Jerome Bettis becomes eligible in four years.

Hoak, a native of Jeannette, played quarterback and running back at Penn State. He has lived in the Greensburg area since joining Noll's staff.

Matt Freed, Post-Gazette
Running backs coach Dick Hoak has all five of the Steelers Super Bowl rings.
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