Mike Tomlin was named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history on January 22, 2007. Hired at the age of 34, Tomlin became only the third head coach hired by the Steelers since 1969.
In his 14 seasons as head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin has accomplished many things that have never been done in the team's storied history. A franchise known for stability at the head coaching position, Tomlin ranks among the League's longest-tenured active head coaches entering the 2021 season.
Assistant Head Coach
John Mitchell, the longest-tenured member of the Steelers’ coaching staff, will enter his 28th season with the franchise in 2021 having served as the team’s defensive line coach from 1994-2006, before being named assistant head coach/defensive line (2007-17). He was promoted to assistant head coach in 2018.
As assistant head coach, Mitchell oversees staff development among the coaching staff, works with current and former players in career development, and assists Head Coach Mike Tomlin in community-related events.
Matt Canada is entering his first season as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator after being promoted to the position on January 25, 2021. He was hired by the Steelers as the quarterbacks coach on January 15, 2020 and spent one year in the role.
In 2020, under Canada’s guidance, Ben Roethlisberger completed 65.6 percent of his passes (399 of 608) for 3,803 yards and 33 TD passes in 15 games. Roethlisberger ranked third in the NFL in both attempts and completions and ranked tied for seventh in the League in TDs. His 33 TD passes were the second-most he’s completed in a single season in his 17-year career.
Teryl Austin is entering his third season as the Steelers’ senior defensive assistant/secondary and 18th year in the National Football League coaching ranks. He was hired on January 11, 2019.
Austin coached a group of defensive backs that helped Pittsburgh’s defense rank as one of the NFL’s best in 2020. The Steelers limited 11 opponents below a 60.0 completion percentage, which led all teams for the season. Pittsburgh’s opponents averaged a 56.7 completion percentage and a 76.7 average quarterback ranking. Both marks not only led the NFL but were the lowest by a Pittsburgh defense since 2011. The Steelers also finished near the top of the League in interceptions (t-1st, 18), takeaways (2nd, 27), games with multiple takeaways (1st, 11) and passes defensed (1st, 84).
Special Teams Coordinator
Danny Smith is in his ninth season with the Steelers as the special teams coordinator. Smith was hired on January 31, 2013.
Since joining the Steelers in 2015, kicker Chris Boswell is 146-of-166 overall on field goal attempts (88.0%), including 50-of-62 (80.7%) between 40-49 yards. He ranks third in field goal percentage (88.0%) among all NFL kickers with at least 160 field goal attempts since 2015. Boswell’s 88.0 field goal percent ranks first in Steelers history among kickers with at least 30 field goal attempts, surpassing Shaun Suisham (2010-14: 124-141 for 87.9%).
Strength and Conditioning
Senior Conditioning Coordinator
Garrett Giemont is in his 15th season as conditioning coordinator for the Steelers after being hired on January 31, 2007.
Giemont was honored with the NFL’s 2015 Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award by Samson Equipment, which was presented by American Football Monthly at the end of the 2014 season.