UW football: Chryst announces hiring of six assistants

2012-01-07T10:39:00Z UW football: Chryst announces hiring of six assistantsTom Mulhern | tmulhern@madison.com | 608-252-6169 | madison.com

New Pittsburgh football coach Paul Chryst filled six assistants jobs and five of them have direct ties to the University of Wisconsin.

The list includes three coaches who were with Chryst on the staff of UW coach Bret Bielema: Bob Bostad will be the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach; Dave Huxtable will be the defensive coordinator; and Joe Rudolph will be the assistant head coach and be in charge of quarterbacks.

Former UW offensive line coach Jim Hueber will coach tight ends, while Todd Rice, a former member of the UW strength staff, will be in charge of strength and conditioning.

It's significant promotions for the three former members of Bielema's staff.

Bostad was the offensive line coach, Huxtable coached linebackers and Rudolph coached tight ends.

"We are assembling a great group of coaches who are tremendously excited about joining the University of Pittsburgh and our football program," Chryst said in a statement.

"Not only are they excellent coaches but also great people. They are very enthusiastic about what we can accomplish at Pitt. I know they will be great assets for our players, program and university."

The one coach without UW ties is Chris Haering, who joins Pitt after being the head coach at nearby Mt. Lebanon High School. Haering will coach linebackers. He was a standout linebacker at West Virginia from 1986-89. Chryst worked as a graduate assistant at West Virginia under Don Nehlen in 1989 and 1990.

Rice is the brother of Waunakee football coach Pat Rice and Stevens Point football coach Scott Rice.

Todd Rice spent the last five years as the director of strength and conditioning for the North Carolina State football team, where he became close to quarterback Russell Wilson, who played for the Badgers this past season.

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