The Bears on Thursday hired Michael Pitre as their running backs coach.
Pitre spent the last three seasons as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Oregon State. During his time in Corvallis, Pitre mentored current Bears running back Artavis Pierce and 2020 Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year Jermar Jefferson.
The Beavers averaged 165.8 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry during Pitre's time with the program.
Pitre arrived at Oregon State after spending one year with the Kansas City Chiefs as a member of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program, his second stint in the NFL after spending the 2009 season as a scouting intern for the New England Patriots. However, 2021 will mark Pitre's first full season as an NFL coach.
Pitre was a three-year starting fullback at UCLA and served as one of the Bruins' captains in 2006. His coaching experience also includes working as a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado, where he worked with Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay, as well as serving as the running backs coach at Montana State.