Scott McKillop is done with professional football. Now it is time to give coaching a go.
After he was released this year by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, he decided to pursue a career in coaching. He said his familiarity with the Pitt program led him there.
“It’s definitely something I am looking forward to doing,” said McKillop, a graduate of Kiski Area. “I have to get my feet wet and prove I can do it and work my way up.”
McKillop was an All-America linebacker and Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Due to NCAA restrictions, he won’t be permitted to instruct players on the field, but he will help in other areas.
“He can be a life coach,” Chryst said. “Here’s a guy who walked it and did a good job doing it.”
McKillop is taking a volunteer coaching position. He can help with breaking down film and work off-the-field with players. As McKillop says, it is the starting point.
For Pitt and Coach Chryst, this is very good. Having one of Pitt’s best players from the last decade around the players and program is the sort of thing they should want. Between the coaching chaos that had happened and trying to change a lot of things around the program, bringing in a former player it arguably should have been a priority sooner.