ShareThis Page
Pitt

Reports: Pitt hires Randy Bates to be defensive coordinator

Jerry DiPaola
| Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 1:33 p.m.
Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi speaks to the media about his first early signing class of 15 Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi speaks to the media about his first early signing class of 15 Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Pat Narduzzi and Randy Bates, long-time Big Ten assistant coaches, used to talk defensive technique by phone.

Now, all Narduzzi has to do is walk down the hall and knock on Bates' door.Two weeks after losing Josh Conklin to Wofford (S.C.) College, where he is now its head coach, Narduzzi named Bates his new defensive coordinator Saturday.

Bates has spent 36 years coaching college football, the past 12 as Northwestern's linebackers coach. He helped the No. 17 Wildcats finish 10-3 this season and defeat Pitt, 31-24, in the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl.

"I've known Randy for a long time and have the utmost respect for him as a teacher and recruiter," Narduzzi said in a statement. "He is a tireless worker, always learning and always striving to improve as a coach.

"I've shared many phone calls with him discussing techniques, schemes and opponents. But what is most impressive about Randy is the type of person he is. He values relationships and is really invested in the student-athletes under his watch.

"Randy will bring great passion and knowledge to Pitt and I know he'll put a great mark on our very promising defense."

Bates has coached at several schools in the past four decades, including Kent State where one of his pupils was former Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

At Northwestern, he coached All-America Anthony Walker Jr., now with the Indianapolis Colts, and Paddy Fisher, a 2017 Freshman All-American and the Big Ten Network's Defensive Freshman of the Year.

"I knew it would always take a special place and outstanding opportunity to draw me away from Northwestern," Bates said in a statement. "After talking with Pat Narduzzi, I knew Pitt was that type of place. It is a tremendous honor to join a program with such a rich tradition and history."

Bates' additional coaching stops include Louisiana Tech, where he was defensive coordinator in 2005, and Kent State (1998-99) where he coached former Steelers linebaker Jaems Harrison.

He also coached at New Hampshire (1992-97), Navy (1989-1992), St. Joseph's College (1984-1988), Miami (Ohio) (1983-84) and Muskingum College (1982-83).

A retired Naval Lieutenant, Bates received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio State in 1983.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me