Whipple Named Offensive Coordinator at Pitt

Panthers Hire former UMass Head Coach as Offensive Coordinator

Greg Finley
January 14, 2019 - 5:50 pm

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By Greg Finley

Mark Whipple was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach today by the Pittsburgh Panthers. 

Pitt is adding a coach who has nearly 40 years of experience and championship rings at both the NFL and collegiate levels.

Head Coach Pat Narduzzi is very excited to add Whipple to the program.

“Mark Whipple is truly one of the best teachers of offensive football in the country—college and pro,” Narduzzi said. “His track record working with quarterbacks is simply outstanding and I know that positional group will really grow under his influence. Mark will not only make a huge impact from an offensive standpoint, but his tremendous wealth of experience will benefit our entire program. I really value the fact that we are adding another staff member who has been a head coach. We are thrilled to welcome Coach Whipple and his family back to Pittsburgh.”

Whipple joins Pitt after spending the past five seasons as the head coach at UMass. Whipple’s teams featured one of the nation’s most potent passing attacks. Whipple concluded his Massachusetts tenure as the winningest coach in school history with 65 victories and claimed three Atlantic 10 titles and three NCAA playoff berths.

In addition to his two stints at UMass, he also led the programs at Brown University (1994-97) and University of New Haven (1988-93). Whipple compiled a 136-104 record over 21 total seasons as a college head coach.

On top of coaching in the NCAA, Whipple also coached for three NFL teams. He began in 2004 with the Pittsburgh Steelers under Coach Bill Cowher. Whipple was Ben Roethlisberger’s first positional coach with the Steelers and the pair won a Super Bowl together during the 2005 season. He also served as the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach under Pat Shurmur in 2011 and 2012.

In addition he was an offensive assistant on Andy Reid’s Philadelphia staff in 2008, helping the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game. 

Whipple is eager to join the Panthers coaching staff.

“I have known and respected Pat Narduzzi for a very long time, so it is an incredibly exciting opportunity to join his coaching staff at Pitt,” Whipple said. “He is building something very special at a place that has such a rich and inspiring football tradition. I am really looking forward to meeting our players and hitting the ground running in preparation for spring ball.”