1994 NFC Coach Of The Year
Dave and his wife tell of how they’ve dealt with the many struggles and pressures of life in the NFL. In 1992, with Dave Wannstedt as Defensive Coordinator, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl XXVll. A few days later, Dave was named the head coach of the Chicago Bears. In his second year, he was honored as the NFC’s Coach of the Year.
Today, as the head coach for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, Dave is as passionate about life as he is about coaching.
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When University of Pittsburgh head coach Walt Harris announced that he was leaving Pitt to become head coach at Stanford, Wannstedt, a Pittsburgh native and Pitt graduate with NFL experience and a proven college recruiting record, immediately became a leading candidate to replace him. Wannstedt was initially interested in the job but pulled back over salary issues and concerns about his ability to keep a quality staff. After working out several issues with the Pitt athletic department including pay raises for assistant coaches, Wannstedt agreed to Pitt’s offer and was named head coach on December 23, 2004.
On December 31, 2008 Pittsburgh was defeated in the Sun Bowl by Oregon State 3-0 in a hard fought defensive struggle. The Oregon State team that defeated USC in 2008 had remarkably shut out the Pitt Panthers for only the first time in twelve years.