Pitt’s football coaching staff has had a vacancy for over a month. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney left before the Panthers’ appearance in the Military Bowl to take the same job at Georgia. The University announced Friday afternoon that the vacancy is now filled. The Panthers have hired 24-year coaching vet Matt Canada to be team’s new offensive coordinator. Canada was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at fellow-ACC school North Carolina State from 2013 to 2015.
The Wolfpack’s offense averaged over 30 points per game in the last two seasons and averaged 33.2 points per game in 2015 (third-highest in school history) under Canada’s tutelage. They also averaged over 412 yards per game, the fifth-highest in school history and led the conference (11th nationally) in time of possession (33:03).
“I’m thrilled and honored to join [Pitt head football coach] Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program,” Canada said. “I have tremendous respect for Pat as a person and professional. He truly does things the right way. Pat is building something special at Pitt and I’m ready to hit the ground running and begin contributing to the effort.”
Narduzzi was already familiar with Canada as the two were on the same coaching staff at Northern Illinois from 2000-2002. Canada arrives at Pitt with solid coaching credentials.
“I’ve known Matt and his family for a very long time and I feel very fortunate to bring him to Pittsburgh,” Narduzzi said. “Matt is an innovative offensive mind, excellent teacher of quarterback play and strong recruiter and evaluator. He is a great leader who will provide our team and staff with a real spark. Most importantly, Matt is a tremendously loyal person who will be a great fit for Pitt.”
Canada was also the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Wisconsin in 2012. The Badgers averaged over 236 rushing yards per game and won the Big Ten Championship over Nebraska, 70-31 that season.
He was running backs coach (1998-2000) and quarterbacks coach (2001-2002) at Northern Illinois from 1998-2002 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2003 and the team upset Alabama, Maryland, and Iowa State and finished the season ranked number 12 in the country. He returned to Northern Illinois in 2011 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and the team averaged 40 points a game and won the MAC Championship.
From 2004-10 Canada coached quarterbacks at Indiana. He was the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator his final four seasons (2007-10) after serving as passing game coordinator for two years (2005-06). The 2007 Hoosiers posted a school-record 412 points en route to the Insight Bowl, the program’s first postseason game in 14 years.
Canada is a 1993 graduate of Indiana where he began his coaching career as a Hoosiers student assistant (1992-93) and graduate assistant (1994-95). He earned his first full-time coaching appointment at Butler University, where he coached quarterbacks and wide receivers in 1996 and was the offensive coordinator in 1997.
He arrives at Pitt with an offense that has a returning starting quarterback (Nate Peterman), possibly a former ACC player of the year at running back (James Conner), and a solid foundation at offensive line.
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