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Haering to Pitt would be ‘a great hire’


When new Pitt coach Paul Chryst was a graduate assistant at West Virginia, Chris Haering and Jeff Metheny were there, too.

“That was a heck of a GA group,” said Metheny, now football coach at Bethel Park.

Metheny was happy when Pitt hired Chryst as head coach. Now, he’s pleased with the thought that Haering might join Chryst as an assistant coach. Haering resigned Monday after 17 years as football coach at Mt. Lebanon, telling his high school players he was leaving for a college job.

“If he does (go to Pitt), that’s a great hire for Paul,” said Metheny, who had not yet talked with Haering. “They’re very comfortable with each other, and Chris is a great coach.”  

Also among those in Morgantown during the late 1980s were Mick Marotti, now strength coach at Ohio State, and Van Richardson, a Bethel Park native who played linebacker for WVU, said Metheny.

Metheny said he plans to remain at Bethel Park, and has not been offered a job at Pitt.

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  1. Samson says:

    Coach Haering will obviously be the direct connection for local recruiting NOW and in the future. Now that the Rose Bowl is over, let’s see what kind of staff Coach Chryst has or will put together and what happens with Pitt’s recruiting class.

  2. Dan says:

    Great hire by Pitt. I am MTL class of ’97 and played under Coach Haering – he came in the winter of my sophomore year. By far the best coach I’ve ever played under and also a very solid person with great character.

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