The Pittsburgh Steelers have become accustomed to seeing their assistant coaches move on to bigger and better things.
It happened all the time under Bill Cowher, but not so much under Mike Tomlin.
However one of Tomlin’s top assistants appears to be moving on to test the waters as a head coach at the collegiate level.
It has been reported by several media outlets that offensive line coach Sean Kugler has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he played from 1984 to ’88.
Kugler has been praised for the work he has done with the Steelers offensive line and rightfully so as despite a rash of injuries, Kugler has been able to put together a patchwork offensive line that has performed pretty well.
He joined the Steelers in 2010 and had coached the offensive line in Buffalo from 2007-2009; he was an assistant with the Detroit Lions from 2001-2005. Kugler has never been a head coach but was an assistant head coach at Boise State in 2006. He also coached at his alma mater from 1993-2000.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Ed Bouchette reported that Kugler will coach out the rest of the season and the postseason in Pittsburgh before heading to El Paso.