ATLANTA (AP) - New Georgia coach Kirby Smart began building his staff on Saturday by hiring Pittsburgh’s Jim Chaney as offensive coordinator.
Georgia also announced the additions of Sam Pittman from Arkansas as offensive line coach and Alabama’s Glen Schumann as a defensive assistant.
Chaney was Pitt’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said Chaney’s work “was very important as we established our program in this first year.”
“In addition to being an excellent football coach, he is a tremendous person and we wish him and his family the very best,” Narduzzi said in a statement released by Pitt.
Chaney is a 30-year coaching veteran with previous experience in the Southeastern Conference. He coached at Pitt this season following two years at Arkansas. He also has served as offensive coordinator at Tennessee (2009-12), Purdue and Cal State Fullerton.
Chaney also spent three years in the NFL as an offensive assistant with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-08.
Schumann was Alabama’s director of player personnel and defensive analyst, where he worked with Smart, who was the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator. Pittman was the offensive line coach at Arkansas, where he worked with Chaney for two years.
“Glen did an outstanding job in several areas during his eight years at Alabama and he’ll be a great addition to our staff,” Smart said.
“Jim and Sam are highly respected nationally as individual coaches, but together we have a tandem that has worked alongside each other before in the SEC and been extremely productive and successful.”
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