Schmitt completes football coaching staff
Aug. 8, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head football coach Jerry Schmitt completed the 2013 coaching staff with the addition of a pair of western Pennsylvania natives.
Matt Raich, who spent the past six seasons working under Ken Whisenhunt with the Arizona Cardinals, will coach the Dukes' linebackers and Ryan Lehmeier, who spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant running backs coach at Division II Findlay (Ohio), will coach DU's running backs.
Raich, a Monaca native, played college ball at Westminster. Lehmeier, who attended North Hills High School, was a standout running back at Slippery Rock.
Raich began with the Cardinals in 2007 and served as a defensive assistant for two seasons before being promoted to linebackers coach.
Previously an offensive assistant under Whisenhunt with the Pittsburgh Steelers for three seasons (2004-06), Raich switched to the defensive side of the ball with the Cardinals, helping to coach the position he played in college.
Last year, Raich pupil Daryl Washington ranked tied for 11th in the NFL in total tackles with 134. In 2012, Washington and fellow linebacker Paris Lenon topped the 100 tackle mark. Over his last three seasons, Raich was instrumental in the development of young outside linebackers Sam Acho (seven sacks as a rookie in 2011) and O'Brien Schofield (4.5 sacks in 2011 in his second season).
Raich joined the Steelers coaching staff prior to the 2004 season after spending two years as an intern in the Pittsburgh player personnel department.
Prior to joining the Steelers scouting department in 2002, Raich served three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Robert Morris (2000-02). He also held assistant coaching positions at Glenville State (1999), Robert Morris (1996-98) and Westminster (1993-94). In addition, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Hildesheim Invaders Football Club in the German Federal League in the spring of 1999.
Raich was a standout middle linebacker at Westminster College from 1989-1992 where he was part of the Titans' 1989 NAIA National Championship team. He was a three-time NAIA All-American and ended his career as the school's all-time leading tackler. Raich graduated from Westminster in 1994 with a bachelor's in education and was inducted into the Titans Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lehmeier, who coached Findlay's all-time leading rusher, Monterae Williams, last season, also brings college playing experience to the DU sidelines having rushed for 1,771 yards and 21 touchdowns at Slippery Rock from 2007-09.
A second team All-PSAC pick in 2008, Lehmeier - the second player in school history to post back-to-back 200-yard games - graduated with a degree in physical education in 2010.
Lehmeier was a first team all-state player as a senior at North Hills. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 pick led North Hill to three-straight playoff appearances as a quarterback/safety.