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Steelers hire Teryl Austin

The Steelers continue to make changes to their coaching staff with the hiring of Teryl Austin. Austin will serve in the new role of senior defensive assistant/secondary.

Austin comes to the Steelers with a wealth of NFL experience, having coached in the league for 15 seasons.

He began his career as a defensive backs/secondary coach with the Seattle Seahawks (2003-06), Arizona Cardinals (2007-09) and Baltimore Ravens (2011-13).

He took over as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2014 and was there for four seasons, before becoming the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator in 2018.

Austin has strong ties to the Pittsburgh area. He is a native of Sharon, Pa. and played at the University of Pittsburgh (1983-87), where he earned his degree in communications.

He played in the World League of American Football for one season (1991) with the Montreal Machine, before starting a coaching career in college football. He was a graduate assistant at Penn State, and spent time on the defensive coaching staffs of Wake Forest, Syracuse, Michigan and Florida.