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Steelers Hire New Assistant Secondary Coach



Pittsburgh Steelers Assistant Secondary Coach Anthony Midget
Tennessee Titans secondary coach Anthony Midget runs down the field wearing "Salute to Service" clothing during warm-ups before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Anthony Midget as the team’s assistant secondary coach, the club announced on Wednesday.

Midget, 46, is a Florida native and a former NFL cornerback with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2000-01. He played for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during his brief stint in the NFL with the Bucs.

He immediately got into coaching at the high school level after his playing career ended. In 2007, he joined the staff at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, as a a graduate assistant. From there, the went to Georgia State, where he was defensive backs coach, special teams coordinator and then defensive coordinator from 2008-2011.

Midget had a one-year stop as safeties coach at Penn State in 2013 before getting his first shot in the NFL with the Houston Texans in 2014. He spent five seasons in Houston, three as assistant secondary coach and two more as secondary coach under head coach Bill O’Brien.

He became the defensive backs coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2020, a post he held for two years before he was fired last January. Midget did not coach in the NFL in 2023, working at Florida State.

With the Steelers, Midget will replace Gerald Alexander, who spend two years as the team’s assistant secondary coach in 2022-23, but moved on to become the safeties coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Midget is the first new defensive coach the Steelers have hired in 2024, joining a host of new faces on the offensive staff, inclining offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, quarterbacks coach Tom Arth, wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, offensive assistant Matt Baker and offensive assistant Mateo Kambui. The Steelers also turned over their entire strength and conditioning staff.