The Pittsburgh Steelers this week hired Jack Bicknell, Jr. as their new offensive line coach and Pittsburgh native Danny Smith to be their special teams coach.
Bicknell replaces Sean Kugler, who resigned to take the head coaching job at his university alma mater, Texas-El Paso. He has served as head coach at Louisiana Tech, was assistant line coach for three seasons for the New York Giants, and most recently coached the offensive line for the Kansas City Chiefs. Bicknell played college football at Boston College for his father, Jack Bicknell, Sr., and was the center who snapped the ball on the famous “Hail Mary” touchdown pass thrown by Doug Flutie.
Smith played and coached at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School where one of his quarterbacks was Dan Marino. He coached at his alma mater, Edinboro, and at Clemson, William and Mary and The Citadel. After his college coaching days, Smith served on the NFL staffs at Philadelphia, Detroit and Buffalo, and then spent the past nine seasons as special teams coordinator for the Washington Redskins.