Fayetteville, Ark. – On Thursday the University of Arkansas released an official statement naming Sam Pittman as the offensive line coach for the Razorbacks. Pittman’s deal is reportedly a two-year contract worth $275,000 per year.
The hiring of Pittman marks the first assistant to fill out head coach Bret Bielema’s staff after Chris Ash was named defensive coordinator and Jim Chaney was named offensive coordinator earlier in the week.
Pittman comes to Arkansas after serving as the offensive line coach for the University of Tennessee during the 2012 college football season. Pittman’s time under Jim Chaney should help the offensive staff gel faster translating to a better transition for the Arkansas offense come spring practices.
Before serving as offensive line coach for the Vols, Pittman started his 27-year coaching career at Pittsburgh State as a student coach in 1984. Working his way up the college football ranks he has made notable stops at Northern Illinois (1994-1995, 2003-2006), Cincinnati (1996), Oklahoma (1997-1998), Missouri (2000), Kansas (2001), and North Carolina (2007-2011). Of his 27-years on the sidelines 19 have been as an offensive line coach.
Bielema continues to line his staff with coaches that have excellent reputations as recruiters, Pittman follows the trend. ESPN named Pittman as one of the Top 25 recruiters in the nation having twice signed the No. 2 rated offensive lineman in a given recruiting class (Alex Hurst 2010 and Kiaro Holt 2011).
Pittman’s offensive lines are no stranger to 1,000 yard rushers. At Northern Illinois Pittman oversaw a line that produced Garrett Wolfe (1,928 yards – 2006) and Michael Turner (1,648 yards – 2003). While at UNC freshman Giovani Bernard rushed for an ACC leading 1,228 yards with 13 touchdowns.
Having served on staffs throughout the Midwest and southeast coupled with Pittman’s ability to get recruits on campus should make his transition as a recruiter for the Hogs a seamless event.