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 12 seasons as head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin 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 head coaches following the 2018 season.
Assistant Head Coach
John Mitchell, the longest-tenured current member of the Steelers’ coaching staff, will enter his 26th season with the franchise in 2019 having served as the team’s defensive line coach from 1994-2016, before being named assistant head coach/defensive line (2007-17). He remained with the team following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January of 2007, a time when he was promoted to assistant head coach.
As assistant head coach, Mitchell will oversee staff development among the coaching staff, work with current and former players in career development, and assist Head Coach Mike Tomlin in community related events.
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Randy Fichtner enters his second season as the Steelers offensive coordinator in 2019 after spending eight seasons the team’s quarterbacks and three prior as the team’s wide receivers coach. Fichtner, who will remain the quarterbacks coach for the Steelers, was hired by Head Coach Mike Tomlin on January 29, 2007.
In his first year as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh led the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency, converting 73.5-percent (36-of-49) red zone trips into touchdowns, ranked second among all teams averaging 313.0 net passing yards per game, allowed the fourth-fewest sacks (24), amassed the fourth-most first downs (378) and fourth-most yards per game (403.3) while averaging 26.8 points per game. Five of the team’s six Pro Bowl selections were on the offensive side of the ball – Wide Receiver Antonio Brown, Running Back James Conner, Guard David DeCastro, Center Maurkice Pouncey and Tackle Alejandro Villanueva.
Keith Butler is in his fifth season as the team’s defensive coordinator, after being promoted to the position on January 13, 2015.
Butler had previously served as the team’s linebackers coach for 12 seasons (2003-2014). He was originally hired by the Steelers on January 28, 2003, after serving the prior four seasons (1999-2002) as the linebackers’ coach of the Cleveland Browns. Butler remained on the Steelers’ staff following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January of 2007.
Special Teams Coordinator
Danny Smith is in his seventh season with the Steelers as the special teams coordinator. Smith was hired on January 31, 2013.
Through his first four years in the NFL and with the Steelers, punter Jordan Berry owns the team’s single-season regular season record for highest net punting average (2016). He ranks third in franchise history with a 43.8 punting average (min. 100 punts) and is third in team annals with 107 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line.
Strength and Conditioning
Garrett Giemont is in his 13th 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.