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Michael Pitre was hired as running backs coach on Feb. 4, 2021. Pitre enters his 14th year of coaching in 2021 and his first full season in the NFL.
Pitre first entered the league as a scouting intern with the New England Patriots in 2009 and was also a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship coaching program in 2017.
Pitre joins Matt Nagy's staff following a three-year stop at Oregon State where he served as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Pitre helped guide the Beavers' rushing attack that averaged 165.8 yards per game, 4.5 yards per carry and totaled 59 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons with the team (2018-20).
Individually, running backs Jermar Jefferson and current Bear Artavis Pierce led the way for OSU under Pitre. Jefferson, the Associated Press Co-Offensive Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2020, earned the Beavers' rushing titles in both 2018 (1,380) and 2020 (858) while also leading the entire offense in touchdowns during both seasons (2018 - 12; 2020 - 7). Pierce finished second on the team in all-purpose yards in 2019 (1,042), rushing for a team-leading 873 yards on 146 carries (6.0 avg) while adding 169 receiving yards on 23 catches (7.3). He finished his career with 2,127 rushing yards, which ranks 10th all-time at Oregon State, and his 5.8 yards per carry remain the top mark in program history.
Prior to his arrival at Oregon State, Pitre coached running backs at Montana State from 2014-17. In his final season at MSU, the Bobcats led the Big Sky Conference and ranked seventh nationally in yards per game (249.5). Collectively, the Bobcats ranked among the Top 20 FCS rushing teams in each of Pitre's four seasons with the team, including a pair of Top 10 finishes.
Pitre received his start at the collegiate level working as a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado from 2012-13. The Buffs' rushing attack finished above 100.0 yards per game in each of Pitre's two years in Boulder. Primarily working with running backs and the offensive line, Pitre oversaw the development of NFL offensive lineman David Bakhtiari (2012) and running back Phillip Lindsay (2013).
Prior to coaching, Pitre played fullback at UCLA from 2003-07 where he was a three-year starter, appearing in 36 games and totaling 406 all-purpose yards on 58 touches (7.0 avg.) with four touchdowns. He was a team captain in 2006.