The Steelers announced Wednesday afternoon on Twitter that their assistant head coach John Mitchell would be retiring after 29 years with the team.
Assistant head coach John Mitchell has announced his retirement after 29 seasons with the #Steelers.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 15, 2023
Mitchell started with the Steelers in 1994 under then-head coach Bill Cowher as the team’s defensive line coach. He would keep that role up until 2018 when he was promoted to assistant head coach after years of doing both coaching positions.
After 29 seasons the Steelers are losing one of their most vital coaches that was a huge part of their Superbowl runs in 2006 and 2009.
Mitchell had this to say via the Steelers official website regarding his long career in Pittsburgh.
I’m grateful to the Rooney family for the wonderful opportunity to coach and work for the Steelers for nearly 30 years, it was truly an honor. I’d also like to thank Coach Tomlin for giving me the opportunity to stay with the franchise when Coach Cowher retired. I will treasure my time in Pittsburgh and appreciate everyone affiliated with the organization.– John Mitchell
With Mitchell’s retirement, the Steelers are now even more short-staffed at the coaching positions with a very important off-season now underway. We can expect it to be one of the more active offseasons for the Steelers as they now will need to start bringing in more coaches to fill these newly empty spots.
We wish coach John Mitchell all the best in retirement and thank you for bringing so much to the Black and Gold for almost 30 years.
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