Terry Russell, who has been affiliated with Duquesne football for over 30 years as a player, assistant and head coach, returned to the DU sidelines in 2005. Russell, who had been away from the program for six-years prior to joining Jerry Schmitt's staff, will coach the defensive backs this year.
Russell, who was an integral part of DU's 1973 Club Championship team, played for the Dukes from 1971-74. He also served as Duquesne's head coach from 1984-87 - taking the reins for Dan McCann who was on a medical leave of absence.
This will be Russell's 24th season as an assistant at Duquesne. In two previous stints, he served on the staffs of both McCann (1975-83 & 1988-92) and Greg Gattuso (1994-98). Russell, who played quarterback, halfback, wide receiver, tight end and defensive back as an undergrad, has been just as versatile as a coach where he has served as defensive coordinator as well as coach at a number of different positions.
Russell, who was named Duquesne's Athlete of the Year in 1974, completed his degree in education in 1975. He was inducted to the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Russell, who teaches in the Pittsburgh Public School system, resides in the Mount Washington section of Pittsburgh.