Former Mt. Lebanon high school football coach and West Virginia linebacker Chris Haering will be the new linebacker coach for Pitt. Haering has coached at Mt. Lebanon for the past 17 years, and he was also a Civics teacher at the school. A native of Colorado, the 44-year old Haering won the WPIAL championship at Mt. Lebanon in 2000.
As a player, Haering was one of the best players in Mountaineers history when he was named 3rd Team All-American in 1989. He is still ranked seventh all-time in tackles at the school.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Mike White once relayed a story of Haering at Mt. Lebanon where Haering heard his team recite a chant in the locker room that had a few cuss words. Haering stormed from his office and told them that swearing doesn't make you tough, it's what you do on the field that makes you tough. Haering is considered a tough, no nonsense type of coach and person.