Pat Narduzzi had fired his offensive line coach John Peterson a few weeks ago, and the search for his replacement had been very quiet until today when Pitt announced that Maryland’s Dave Borbely would take over.
“After a long and detailed search, I’m really thrilled to welcome Dave Borbely as our new offensive line coach,” Narduzzi said. “We could not have hired a more experienced or qualified coach to continue our growth on the offensive front. Dave is an outstanding teacher who knows how to develop players. He owns a long relationship with our offensive coordinator, Shawn Watson, which will be a major strength for our coaches and players alike. Dave has a great football mind and will be a huge asset in our game planning throughout the season.”
Borebly’s most recent stop was at Maryland, where his official title was “special assistant to the head coach”. He was the offensive line coach for Maryland for 2016, but was pushed to an off the field role for 2017. His resume is fairly impressive in terms of the schools he spent time at including Virginia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Temple. Borebly worked at Louisville and Colorado with Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, which is probably what initiated the connection to get him on staff.
This is a fairly important hire for Narduzzi as the offensive line will again be losing a few starters and will need some guys to develop. Pitt’s offensive line was a bit of a mess to start last year, and considering Pitt’s tough opening schedule, it can’t afford something similar.