The Pittsburgh Steelers have named Richard Mann as their new wide receivers coach, it was announced today.
Mann comes to Pittsburgh with 28 years of NFL coaching experience, most recently serving as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach from 2002-09. In 2009, Mann also served as the Buccaneers' assistant head coach. In Mann's first seven seasons with Tampa Bay, the wide receiving corps produced at least one 1,000-yard receiver in each season, which is the longest streak in Buccaneers history. In 2002, Mann was integral in developing the Buccaneers' receiving unit, which played a key role in the franchise's first Super Bowl-winning season.
Mann is reunited with Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, as the two worked together with the Buccaneers from 2002-05, when Tomlin coached the team's defensive backs.
For the past few years, Mann has been assisting and consulting players as they prepare for the NFL Draft. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Mann spent the 2001 season as the Washington Redskins wide receivers coach. He also spent time as a wide receivers coach with the Kansas City Chiefs (1999-2000), Baltimore Ravens (1997-98), New York Jets (1994-96), Cleveland Browns (1985-1993) and the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1982-84). Mann also coached the tight ends for the Browns in 1985 and the Jets in 1995, in addition to coaching the team's wide receivers.
Before coaching in the NFL, Mann made two stops as a collegiate coach. From 1980-81, Mann coached the wide receivers for the University of Louisville. He got his first college coaching job at his alma mater, Arizona State University, coaching wide receivers from 1974-79.
A native of Aliquippa (Pa.), Mann graduated from Aliquippa High School, the same place he began his coaching career in 1970. He was inducted into the Aliquippa Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Beaver County (Pa.) Hall of Fame in 1999.