San Jose State lost another assistant coach on Wednesday when the University of Pittsburgh announced it hired wide receivers coach Greg Lewis for the same position. Lewis was preparing to enter his second season on the Spartans' staff.

This will be Lewis' third stop in three seasons in coaching. His first job came on Ron Caragher's staff at the University of San Diego in 2012 and he followed Caragher north to San Jose State last season.

"It is a tremendous opportunity to work with a great coach in Paul Chryst at a storied program like Pitt," Lewis said in a release. "We are going to work very hard to build on the great history that Pitt has. I'm a city guy, and I just love the area where the university is located. Pittsburgh is an exciting city with tremendous football tradition. I'm looking forward to getting there and getting started."

Under Lewis' guidance last year, SJSU's Chandler Jones caught 79 passes for 1,356 yards and a school-record 15 touchdowns. His opportunities, of course, were enhanced by the nearly season-long injury to Noel Grigsby. Freshman receiver Tyler Winston caught 58 passes for 858 yards and five touchdowns and was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year.

Lewis is the third assistant to leave SJSU this offseason. Defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson took a job as an outside linebackers coach at Vanderbilt and offensive line coach Hank Fraley was hired as the Minnesota Vikings assistant offensive line coach.


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According to CoachingSearch.com, the opening created by Lewis' departure will be filled by promoting graduate assistant Andrew Rolin to a full-time job. Rolin coached the running backs last year for the Spartans and was also a graduate assistant at Washington in 2012, helping out with running backs and tight ends. Before that, Rolin spent three years as a running backs coach at San Diego under Caragher.

The move likely means the wide receiver coach position will be filled internally, with Terry Malley the logical candidate. He coached the wide receivers in 2012 but switched over to tight ends last season. In his five previous seasons at SJSU, the former Santa Clara head coach and San Jose SaberCats general manager and offensive coordinator has also coached quarterbacks and running backs.

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