The Steelers have promote assistant offensive line coach Adrian Klemm to offensive line coach, the team announced on Tuesday. The news was first reported on Monday by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Klemm will replace Shaun Sarrett, who was not retained following the 2020 season.
The 43-year-old Klemm spent the last two seasons as the Steelers’ assistant offensive line coach under Sarrett. Before that, he was offensive line coach, run game coordinator and associate head coach at UCLA from 2012-16 and offensive line coach at SMU from 2009-11.
A three-time Super Bowl champion as a player, Klemm spent six seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, making 18 career starts at tackle.
Klemm was a second-round pick by New England in the 2000 NFL Draft out of Hawaii and he started four games in his rookie season. He was an important reserve on the Patriots teams that won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX before heading to Green Bay as a free agent in 2005, where he played left guard.
Klemm had been a candidate to become offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Arizona State this offseason.
Klemm joins offensive coordinator Matt Canada and tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts as coaches with new roles on the Pittsburgh staff for the 2021 season. Canada’s promotion has left a vacancy at quarterbacks coach, along with Klemm’s promotion leaving one at assistant offensive line coach. The Steelers have also not replaced secondary coach Tom Bradley, who was also not retained.