Cortland native Dan Pitcher is making quite a name for himself in the NFL, receiving yet another promotion by his current employer, the Cincinnati Bengals.
The team announced yesterday (January 30) that Pitcher would replace the recently departed Alex Van Pelt as its newest quarterbacks coach.
A 2005 graduate from Cortland High School and star quarterback himself for the Purple Tigers, the 33-year-old Pitcher continued his gridiron dreams after high school right here in his hometown.
He played at SUNY Cortland from 2008-11 and went on to coach the Red Dragons’ wide receiving corps in 2012 while attending graduate school.
But although his dream to play in the big leagues may have changed forms, Pitcher’s destiny to reach the NFL had clearly not gone anywhere.
Upon completing grad school in 2012, Pitcher got a call asking him to make a long trip out to the Midwest, where he would serve as a scouting assistant for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-13. He was later promoted to professional scout from 2015-16.
In 2016, he would make the move to Cincinnati to serve as an offensive assistant coach with a focus on wide receivers, transitioning to quarterbacks in the 2018 season.
Last year was his first as assistant quarterbacks coach, but the man is certainly no stranger to the position.
It appears he’ll fit into his newest role just as he did with those that came before it.