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Pitt's Narduzzi names Chaney as offensive coordinator

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Linebackers coach Harley also added to football staff

PITTSBURGH--University of Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi announced two more staff appointments today, adding Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Rob Harley as linebackers coach.

A 30-year coaching veteran who has worked in the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference and National Football League, Chaney comes to Pittsburgh after serving as offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas the past two seasons. Among the many standouts he has coached is quarterback Drew Brees, who he worked with while offensive coordinator at Purdue.

"Jim Chaney brings outstanding experience and knowledge to our staff," Narduzzi said. "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 this past season as linebackers coach at FIU, where he worked with new Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin. A former Ohio State defensive back, Harley was a graduate assistant under Narduzzi at Michigan State in 2012 and `13.

"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."

Narduzzi has now hired each of his three coordinators. In addition to Chaney and Conklin, Andre Powell was hired last week to serve as Pitt's special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Narduzzi also previously named Dave Andrews the Panthers' head strength and conditioning coach.

 

Chaney was an instrumental figure in Arkansas achieving their first winning campaign since 2011 this past year. The Razorbacks averaged 406 yards and 31.9 points per game, capping the season with a 31-7 rout of Texas in the Texas Bowl. Chaney's offense produced two 1,000-yard rushers and a 2,000-yard passer.

In 2013, Chaney's offense featured underclassmen starters at quarterback, running back, tight end and two offensive line positions. Despite that youth, Arkansas averaged 5.28 yards per rush--the fourth highest season average in school history. Center Travis Swanson was a first team All-American, while running back Alex Collins was a 1,000-yard rusher and the SEC Freshman of the Year. Arkansas set a school record by surrendering only eight sacks.

Prior to Arkansas, Chaney was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Tennessee from 2009-12. He served as the Volunteers' interim head coach for the 2012 season finale, a 37-17 win over Kentucky. That same year, UT quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns, both career bests. Bray's 530 passing yards against Troy broke Peyton Manning's single-game school record and marked the second highest total in SEC history.

The Volunteers ranked among the nation's most productive offenses in 2012, finishing 15th in passing yards, 18th in total offense and 22nd in scoring.

Prior to Knoxville, Chaney spent three seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams (2006-08), working with the offensive line for two seasons and the tight ends for one. Steven Jackson was a 1,000-yard rusher each of Chaney's three seasons in St. Louis.

From 1997-2005, Chaney was the offensive coordinator at Purdue. He also served as recruiting coordinator his initial five seasons with the Boilermakers. During his tenure, Purdue led the Big Ten in passing offense five times and total offense three times. The Boilermakers finished in the nation's top 10 in total offense six times, including the 2000 season when they averaged 471.2 yards per game to rank fourth.

While at Purdue, Chaney worked with Drew Brees, who led the nation in total offense in 2000 (358.1 yards per game) and was selected the winner of the prestigious Maxwell Award as the college player of the year. Additionally, Tim Stratton was named the winner of the inaugural John Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end. Purdue captured the Big Ten title in 2000 and advanced to its first Rose Bowl in 34 years.

Chaney is a 1985 graduate of Central Missouri State, where he was an all-conference nose guard.

Harley arrives in Pittsburgh after helping FIU rank among the most disruptive defenses in college football this past year. The Golden Panthers ranked first nationally in fumble recoveries (19), second in defensive touchdowns (six), fourth in turnovers gained (33) and eighth in turnover margin (plus-11 overall; 0.92 margin per game). FIU finished 35th in the country in total defense (363.8 yards per game) and fourth in red zone defense (69.2%).

As a graduate assistant at Michigan State, Harley gained experience on both sides of the ball. In 2013, he worked with the linebackers and special teams, helping the Spartans to a 13-1 record, the Big Ten title and a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Michigan State's defense yielded just 252.2 yards per game to rank second nationally. In 2012, Harley worked with the Spartans' offense. Behind 1,793-yard rusher Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State earned a berth in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where it defeated TCU, 17-16.

During the 2010 and `11 seasons, Harley served as the defensive backs/linebackers coach and assistant special teams coordinator at Ohio Dominican University, an NCAA Division II program.

A former safety at Ohio State (2001-05), Harley earned three letters with the Buckeyes and was a member of their 2002 national championship team. In Harley's final three seasons, Ohio State posted a 29-8 record, including two victories in the Fiesta Bowl (2003 and `05 seasons).

A 2006 graduate of Ohio State, Harley has deep roots with the Buckeyes. His uncle is the legendary Chic Harley, the first three-time All-American in Ohio State history.

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