Oregon State has hired Greg Burns as defensive backs coach and Michael Pitre as running backs coach.

Burns coached at Idaho, Louisville, Tampa Bay in the NFL, USC, Kansas State, Arizona State, Purdue, UMass and was at California from 2014-2016.

He coached under Pete Carroll at USC and was part of the Trojans' back-to-back national title teams in 2003 and 2004.

Burns served on Dennis Erickson's staff at ASU from 2008-11 and coached under current OSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar at Purdue in 2012.

“Coach Burns brings a wealth of experience to our staff and tremendous knowledge of the Pac-12,” OSU coach Jonathan Smith said in a statement. “He’s coached on the biggest stages of college football, won conference and national championships, and is an excellent recruiter and communicator. I’m very excited to add coach Burns to our staff and look forward to watching our safeties and cornerbacks grow under his watch.”

Burns has coached in 11 bowl games, with two appearances in both the Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl. 

He was a defensive back at Washington State and was honorable mention all-Pac-10 as a sophomore.

Pitre played fullback at UCLA and blocked for Maurice Jones-Drew.

“Coach Pitre is one of the bright young coaches in our profession and I’m excited to bring him aboard to assist in the development of our offense,” Smith said. “He has a tremendous reputation as a strong recruiter with outstanding West Coast ties.”

Pitre was a graduate assistant at Colorado from 2012-13 and has been the Montana State running backs coach since 2014.


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