SAM PITTMAN | OFFENSIVE LINE
Sam Pittman was named offensive line coach at UGA on Dec. 12, 2015, after serving three years at Arkansas as offensive line coach, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
Pittman, who is universally considered one of the nation’s best offensive line coaches and recruiters, spent three seasons at Arkansas.
From 2012-15, a Pittman-coached offensive line has led the SEC in fewest sacks allowed—three years at Arkansas and one at Tennessee. Arkansas allowed only 1.00 sacks per game in 2015, 1.08 in 2014, and 0.67 in 2013. In 2012, Pittman coached the Tennessee offensive line that led the SEC with just 0.67 sacks allowed per game.
Since 2013, eight offensive linemen coached by Pittman have been drafted, including two first-round picks. In 2015, Pittman’s Arkansas team finished second in the SEC in total offense (456.8 ypg), second in scoring offense (40.2 ppg), and third in passing offense (264.2 ypg). He previously served as offensive line coach at Tennessee (2012), Associate Head Coach and offensive line coach at North Carolina (2007-11), and offensive line coach at Northern Illinois (2003-06).
Of Pittman’s eight drafted offensive linemen in the last three years, Ja’Wuan James was selected 19th overall by the Miami Dolphins in 2014 and Travis Swanson became the highest Razorback center draft pick in school history when he was picked 76th overall by the Detroit Lions. In 2013, Jonathan Cooper, who was tutored by Pittman for four seasons at North Carolina, was the seventh overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals, the earliest an offensive guard had been taken since 1986. The 2014 campaign saw four Razorback underclassmen earn All-SEC honors. Guard Sebastian Tretola was named to the ESPN.com All-SEC team, tackle Dan Skipper and guard Denver Kirkland each earned All-SEC honorable mention recognition from the Associated Press and freshman center Frank Ragnow was named to the coaches’ SEC All-Freshman team. Ragnow was also selected as one of the best true freshman in the nation when he was named to the Sporting News All-True Freshman team. Arkansas led the conference and was sixth in the nation in 2014 allowing one sack every 37.63 pass attempts. The Razorback offensive line kept opponents out of the backfield all season, and finished first in the SEC and fourth in the NCAA with an average of 3.75 tackles for loss allowed per game. Pittman oversaw the offensive line in 2013 at Tennessee, when the Volunteers led the SEC and ranked fourth in the NCAA in fewest sacks allowed per game, following five seasons coaching the offensive line at North Carolina.
Pittman played at Pittsburg State, where he was a first-team NAIA All-American and twice earned all-conference recognition. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and was inducted into the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.
He is married to his wife, Jamie.