Smart Choice By FootballScoop.com: Wise Named Assistant Coach of the Year

Posted by Michael Warwick on Monday, January 11, 2010

Footballscoop.com recently honored Pittsburgh’s Tony Wise as one of its Assistant Coach of the Year award winners. Wise, who was honored for his work as the Panthers’ offensive line coach, is a 1972 Ithaca graduate and a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

"It's an honor to be selected the FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year,'' Wise told PantherDigest.com. "As we know, line coaches are not used to this type of recognition. I was lucky to play for a former offensive line coach at Ithaca College in Jim Butterfield.”

"Coaching is teaching, and there is no better teacher than Tony,'' Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said. "The way he communicates with the players, they understand him. He is very effective. On the field and off the field, he cares about his players. The players know it and appreciate it.''

Wise is in his second season on Pitt’s staff; he and Wannstedt have worked together six times, including on the staff of the Dallas Cowboys’ 1992 Super Bowl champions.

A member of the football, ice hockey and lacrosse teams during his Bomber career, Wise was inducted into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

Pitt finished 10-3 behind a freshman-record 1,799 rushing yards from a running back who benefited from not only the performance of the offensive lineman coached by Wise, but by the tight ends under the direction of tight end coach Brian Angelichio. Angelichio was part of Ithaca’s staff from 1996 to 2005, spending six years as the Bombers’ offensive coordinator.