A native of Monroeville, Pa., Painter coached at the collegiate level for 17 years before joining Chuck Noll's staff as receivers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1988-91.
In addition to his time with the Steelers, Painter has worked with the Indianapolis Colts (1992-93), San Diego Chargers (1994-96), Denver Broncos (1997), Dallas Cowboys (1998-99) and NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy (2001-04). In 1994, he was a member of the Chargers' coaching staff when they made their first Super Bowl appearance. Painter returned to the Super Bowl in January of 1998 as a part of the Broncos' staff when Denver won Super Bowl XXXII over the Green Bay Packers.
Painter got his start in coaching at San Jose State in 1971. He's also held assistant jobs at the College of San Mateo (1973), BYU (1974-75), UCLA (1976-78), Georgia Tech (1982-85), Texas (1986) and Illinois (1987). He was the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1979-81 prior to his stint at Georgia Tech.
Painter, a 1964 Rutgers grad, spent the two seasons as quality control coach at California University of Pennsylvania.