A handful of days after it was reported Pittsburgh had poached a coordinator from an SEC school, said poaching has been confirmed.
In a press release, Pitt announced that Jim Chaney and Rob Harley have been added to Pat Narduzzi‘s first coaching staff at the school. Chaney will serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Harley will coach linebackers.
Chaney comes to Pitt from Arkansas, where he spent the past two seasons as coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Additionally, he served as the coordinator at Purdue from 1997-2005, then went on to stints with the St. Louis Rams (2006-08) and Tennessee (2009-12) as the Vols’ coordinator.
“Jim Chaney brings outstanding experience and knowledge to our staff,” Narduzzi said in a statement. “He has the expertise to run different offenses and tailor game plans to his personnel’s strengths. Moreover, Jim is a brilliant quarterback coach who has tutored some exceptional college and pro players, including a Super Bowl MVP in Drew Brees.”
Harley spent the 2014 season as linebackers coach at FIU after two seasons as a grad assistant at Michigan State. He’s the second assistant plucked from FIU, joining new defensive coordinator Josh Conklin.
“Rob Harley and I worked together at Michigan State for two years,” Narduzzi said. “He is a very impressive recruiter and coach. Rob is a self-starter with a tremendous work ethic. Rob worked with our new defensive coordinator Josh Conklin at FIU this past year. Their experience together will be an immediate asset for us.”