Oregon announces hiring of Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Adrian Klemm as new offensive line coach
Long-reported and now officially official: Adrian Klemm is headed to Oregon.
The Ducks announced Klemm’s hiring early Tuesday morning. He’ll serve as the program’s new offensive line coach, run game coordinator, and associate head coach.
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“I am really excited that Adrian Klemm is joining us here at Oregon,” Lanning said in a statement. “He is one of the very best offensive line coaches in the country and a great addition to this staff. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from his extensive experience in the NFL, where he has spent the last three seasons as a coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a second-round draft pick and three-time Super Bowl champion as a player.
“His familiarity with the Pac-12 and working on the West Coast is also very valuable. Providing a tremendous experience for our student-athletes is always the top priority here at Oregon, and they are getting a terrific teacher and mentor in Coach Klemm. I am fired up to welcome Adrian and his sons, Jalen and Nikko, to the Oregon family.”
Klemm joined the Steelers ahead of the 2019 season and spent his first two years there as assistant offensive line coach. Ahead of the 2021 season, he was elevated to the top job on the offensive line. Prior to his stint with the Steelers, Klemm was the run game coordinator and line coach at UCLA from 2012-16 and the line coach at SMU from 2009-11. He took two years off in 2017 and 2018.
During his five seasons in Westwood, Klemm coached eight offensive linemen to All-Pac-12 honors. One of his linemen was a two-time all-American.
“I’m excited to be a part of Coach Lanning’s staff and the Oregon community,” Klemm said. “I’m equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to return to college football, continue developing players, and building relationships with and mentoring young student-athletes. With my experience in the Pac-12, I am well aware of the history of success at Oregon and passion of its fan base. I am very appreciative of this tremendous opportunity and excited to be a part of this next chapter of Oregon Ducks football.”
He’s the fifth official hire made by new head coach Dan Lanning, joining offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, co-defensive coordinator Matt Powledge, corners coach Demetrice Martin, and defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.