Randy Fichtner

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Randy Fichtner
Pittsburgh Steelers
Date of birth: (1963-11-07) November 7, 1963 (age 50)[1]
Place of birth: Cleveland, OH
Career information
College: Purdue
High school: Meadville Area Senior High School
Organizations
As coach:
1986–1987
1988
1989
1990–1993
1994–1996
1997–2000
2001–2006
2007
Michigan
USC
UNLV
Memphis
Purdue
Arkansas State
Memphis
Pittsburgh Steelers
As player:
1982–1985 Purdue
Career highlights and awards

Randy Fichtner (born 7 November 1963) is a quarterbacks coach for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers.[2]

Bio[edit]

Early years[edit]

Fichtner, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was a standout football player at Meadville Area Senior High School.[3] He chose to attend Purdue University, playing defensive back for the Boilermakers.

Coaching career[edit]

Fichtner began his coaching career as a graduate assistant, serving with Michigan, USC, UNLV, and Memphis from 1986–1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990–1993 respectively. He earned the position of wide receivers coach and recruiting director at Purdue in 1994, serving for two years before moving to Arkansas State to become the offensive coordinator from 1997–2001. Under Fichtner's tutelage, current CFL quarterback Cleo Lemon flourished, setting numerous school records for passing and total offense. Fichtner returned to Memphis in 2001 to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, instituting a new, highly effective spread offense that set school records for total offense. The new system allowed the teams to amass prolific offensive statistics, totalling over 5000 yards in both 2003 and 2004 to rank in the top ten for both yardage and scoring, as well as supporting the development of quarterback Danny Wimprine and running back DeAngelo Williams.[2]

Fichtner's NFL coaching debut began in 2007, serving as wide receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers as part of new head coach Mike Tomlin's regime, replacing the promoted Bruce Arians.[4] He was instrumental in the development of the Steelers young wide receiver corps, mentoring Santonio Holmes to multiple 1000-yard seasons and a Super Bowl MVP award as well as supporting the growth of emerging wideouts Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown. In 2010, Fichtner became the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach, replacing Ken Anderson after Anderson's retirement.[2]

Personal[edit]

Fichtner and his wife Jennifer have three children: a son, Nathaniel Ross, and two daughters, Shelby Brooke and Kirby Lynn Fichtner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers Assistant Coaches". NFL. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Randy Fichtner Bio". Steelers.com. Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Turrisi, T.J. (February 18, 2009). "Fichtner speaks of work ethics at sports banquet". The Meadville Tribune. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Dulac, Gerry (January 30, 2007). "Tomlin's coaching staff is complete". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
Preceded by
Ken Anderson
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach
2010–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Bruce Arians
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach
20072010
Succeeded by
Scottie Montgomery