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Randy Fichtner
Quarterbacks Coach
College:
Purdue
Experience:
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Biography

Randy Fichtner
Quarterbacks Coach

Randy Fichtner is in his sixth season coaching the Steelers’ quarterbacks after spending three seasons as the team’s wide receivers coach. Fichtner was hired by Mike Tomlin on January 29, 2007.

In Fichtner’s five seasons (2010-14) as the team’s quarterbacks coach, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has put up very impressive numbers. Over that span, he has thrown for 19,755 yards (7th in NFL) and 124 touchdowns (9th in NFL) for a passer rating of 96.0 (7th in NFL). Roethlisberger has also been selected to two Pro Bowls in that span (2012, 2015).

Randy Fichtner
Quarterbacks Coach

Randy Fichtner is in his sixth season coaching the Steelers’ quarterbacks after spending three seasons as the team’s wide receivers coach. Fichtner was hired by Mike Tomlin on January 29, 2007.

In Fichtner’s five seasons (2010-14) as the team’s quarterbacks coach, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has put up very impressive numbers. Over that span, he has thrown for 19,755 yards (7th in NFL) and 124 touchdowns (9th in NFL) for a passer rating of 96.0 (7th in NFL). Roethlisberger has also been selected to two Pro Bowls in that span (2012, 2015).

In addition, Roethlisberger has a completion percentage of 64.1, has thrown 145 passes of 25+ yards and has a record of 46-26 in the regular season. In the five seasons under Fichtner’s guidance, Roethlisberger has recorded five of his top-six highest season averages when it comes to passing yards per game.

Roethlisberger had a season for the ages in 2014, as he set numerous single-season team records, including attempts (608), completions (408), completion percentage (67.1), passing yards (4,952) and 300-yard games (9). Roethlisberger also tied his single-season record with 32 touchdown passes (2007) and finished tied for the NFL lead (Drew Brees, New Orleans) in passing yards.

In Week 8 versus Indianapolis in 2014, Roethlisberger set the single-game team record in completions (40), passing yards (522) and passing touchdowns (6). The 522 passing yards tied for the fourth-most in a single game in NFL history. The following game, Week 9 versus Baltimore, Roethlisberger threw six more touchdowns to give him an NFL record 12 touchdown passes in a two-game span.

Roethlisberger was named to his third Pro Bowl following the 2014 season. He earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks (8-9) and he was named FedEx Air Player of the Week four times (Weeks 8-9 and Weeks 14-15) during his 2014 campaign. 

Roethlisberger was selected to his second career Pro Bowl after the 2011 season. He was twice named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, recorded five 300+ passing yard games and broke the team’s all-time record for career completions (2,090).

In Fichtner’s final year as wide receivers coach in 2009, the Steelers had two 1,000-yard receivers (Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes). In 2008, Ward topped 1,000 yards (1,043) for the fifth time in his career, and Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII after catching nine passes for 131 yards, including the game-winning touchdown reception with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Fichtner, who instituted the spread offense at Memphis, was an integral part of the Tiger football team for six years. He was hired in 2001 to serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and his offense re-wrote the Memphis record book for six seasons. Fichtner was a part of unprecedented offensive success at Memphis that also contributed to the Tigers playing in three straight bowl games from 2003-05.

Fichtner was no stranger to Memphis when he joined the staff in 2001. He had previously served as an assistant. Prior to his second stint at Memphis, Fichtner spent four years (1997-2000) at Arkansas State University. He arrived in Jonesboro as the quarterbacks coach in the spring of 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in August of 1997. During his tenure with the Indians, Fichtner worked with Cleo Lemon, who set virtually every Arkansas State passing and total offense record.

Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas State, Fichtner spent three years at his alma mater, Purdue University, serving as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 1994-96. His original stint with Memphis came from 1990-94, when he coached wide receivers and quarterbacks. During his tenure, Fichtner worked with future NFL All-Pro Isaac Bruce.

Fichtner worked as a student assistant and graduate assistant at Purdue (1985-86) and at the University of Michigan (1986-87), before serving as a volunteer coach at the University of Southern California in 1988. He landed his first full-time position in 1989 as the tight ends coach at UNLV, and worked for the Rebels for one season before going to Memphis.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fichtner was a standout football player at Meadville Area Senior High School in Meadville, Pa. He played defensive back at Purdue and graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion.

His father, Ross, played safety for the Cleveland Browns (1960-67) and the New Orleans Saints (1968). Ross saw action in 106 career games, and he recorded 27 interceptions for 581 yards, three of which were returned for touchdowns. Ross was named second-team All-NFL in 1966 and was a member of the 1964 Browns NFL Championship team.

Fichtner is married to the former Jennifer Parker of Covington, Tenn., and the couple has three children, a son, Nathaniel Ross, and two daughters, Shelby Brooke and Kirby Lynn.

1984-1985
Purdue University
Student Assistant

1986-1987
University of Michigan
Graduate Assistant

1988
University of Southern California
Volunteer Coach

1989
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Tight Ends

1990-1993
University of Memphis
Wide Receivers/Quarterbacks

1994-1996
Purdue University
Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator

1997-2000
Arkansas State University
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2001-2006
University of Memphis
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2007-2009
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receivers

2010-2015
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterbacks

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