Football: Chryst completes staff

By Lauren Kirschman

Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst completed his coaching staff on Tuesday when he announced… Pitt head football coach Paul Chryst completed his coaching staff on Tuesday when he announced Inoke Breckterfield as the new defensive line coach of the Panthers.

Breckterfield coached the offensive line at UCLA last season.

“Our defensive linemen are going to really benefit from Inoke’s experience as a player and coach,” Chryst said in a Pitt press release. “Inoke was an outstanding player at Oregon State who went on to play in the CFL. Personally and professionally, he is an outstanding addition to our staff.”

UCLA finished 112th in the nation in sacks per game in 2011, managing just one sack a game. The Bruins also ranked 87th in tackles for loss, with five tackles for loss per contest.

But before coaching the defensive line at UCLA, Breckterfield coached a successful defensive line at Montana in 2010. The Grizzlies finished first in the Big Sky Conference and 14th in the nation with 7.64 tackles for loss per game. Montana also ranked second in the conference and 18th in the nation in sacks per game, with 2.64.

The year before Breckterfield’s arrival, Montana ranked 103rd in tackles for loss and 88th in sacks per game nationally.

Before becoming a coach, Breckterfield played defensive end at Oregon State. He’s the career leader for the Beavers in tackles for loss (55.5) and sacks (19.5). After his career ended at Oregon State, he played in the Canadian Football League for five seasons.

He became a volunteer assistant for Oregon State in 2006 and served as a graduate assistant in 2007 and 2008. He took his first full-time coaching job in 2009 as the defensive line coach at Weber State.

Breckterfield graduated from Oregon State with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

Chryst’s complete coaching staff is as follows:

Bob Bostad: offensive coordinator/offensive line

Inoke Breckterfield: defensive line

Bobby Engram: wide receivers

Eddie Faulkner: running backs

Matt House: secondary

Dave Huxtable: defensive coordinator

Joe Rudolph: assistant head coach/quarterbacks

Chris Haering: linebackers

Jim Hueber: tight ends