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Randy Fichtner
Quarterbacks Coach
College:
Purdue
Experience:
5

Biography

Randy Fichtner is in his fourth season coaching the Steelers’ quarterbacks after spending three seasons as the team’s wide receivers coach. Fichtner, 49, was hired by Mike Tomlin on January 29, 2007.

Randy Fichtner is in his fourth season coaching the Steelers’ quarterbacks after spending three seasons as the team’s wide receivers coach. Fichtner, 49, was hired by Mike Tomlin on January 29, 2007.

 

In Fichtner’s three seasons (2010-12) as quarterbacks coach, Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 10,542 yards and 64 touchdowns for a passer rating of 94.4. In addition, Roethlisberger has a completion percentage of 62.8, has thrown 72 passes of 25+ yards and has a record of 27-13 in the regular season. In the three seasons under Fichtner’s guidance, Roethlisberger has recorded three of his top four highest season averages when it comes to passing yards per game. Also, Roethlisberger’s 27 interceptions are the second-fewest in the league for any quarterback with at least 40 starts during that time.

 

Roethlisberger was selected to his second career Pro Bowl after the 2011 season, when he registered the second-most passing yards in franchise history (4,077) and the second-most completions (324), while playing in only 15 games. He was twice named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, recorded five 300+ passing yard games and broke the team’s all-time record for career completions (2,090).

 

In Fichtner’s final year as wide receivers coach in 2009, the Steelers had two 1,000-yard receivers. Hines Ward posted his club record sixth 1,000-yard receiving season, while Santonio Holmes posted his first career 1,000-yard receiving season. Rookie Mike Wallace led all AFC rookies with 756 receiving yards and added six touchdowns.

 

His receiving corps had an excellent season in 2008 as Ward topped 1,000 yards (1,043) for the fifth time in his career, and Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII after catching nine passes for 131 yards, including the game-winning touchdown reception with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.


Fichtner, who instituted the spread offense at Memphis, was an integral part of the Tiger football team for six years. He was hired in 2001 to serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and his offense re-wrote the Memphis record book for six seasons.


In 2004, All-American running back DeAngelo Williams led an offense that finished the year ranked ninth nationally in total offense and 10th in the nation in scoring. Fichtner was a part of unprecedented offensive success at Memphis that also contributed to the Tigers playing in three straight bowl games from 2003-05.


Fichtner was no stranger to Memphis when he joined the staff in 2001. He had previously served as an assistant. Prior to his second stint at Memphis, Fichtner spent four years (1997-2000) at Arkansas State University. He arrived in Jonesboro as the quarterback coach in the spring of 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in August of 1997. During his tenure with the Indians, Fichtner worked with Cleo Lemon, who set virtually every Arkansas State passing and total offense record.


Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas State, Fichtner spent three years at his alma mater, Purdue University, serving as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 1994-96. His original stint with Memphis came from 1990-94, when he coached wide receivers and quarterbacks. During his tenure, Fichtner worked with future NFL All-Pro Isaac Bruce.


Fichtner worked as a student assistant and graduate assistant at Purdue (1985-86) and at the University of Michigan (1986-87), before serving as a volunteer coach at the University of Southern California in 1988. He landed his first full-time position in 1989 as the tight ends coach at UNLV, and worked for the Rebels for one season before going to Memphis.


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fichtner was a standout football player at Meadville Area Senior High School in Meadville, Pa. He played defensive back at Purdue and graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion. Fichtner is married to the former Jennifer Parker of Covington, Tenn., and the couple has three children, a son, Nathaniel Ross, and two daughters, Shelby Brooke and Kirby Lynn.

1984-1985

Purdue University

Student Assistant

1986-1987

University of Michigan

Graduate Assistant

1988

University of Southern California

Volunteer Coach

1989

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Tight Ends

1990-1993

University of Memphis

Wide Receivers/

Quarterbacks

1994-1996

Purdue University

Wide Receivers/

Recruiting Coordinator

 

1997-2000

Arkansas State University

Offensive Coordinator/

Quarterbacks

2001-2006

University of Memphis

Offensive Coordinator/

Quarterbacks

2007-2009

Pittsburgh Steelers

Wide Receivers

2010-2013

Pittsburgh Steelers

Quarterbacks

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