BY KERRY EGGERS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/New secondary coach Greg Burns has vast experience; Michael Pitre will handle running backs; Mike Riley gets the tight ends

New Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith has completed his staff by hiring assistant coaches Greg Burns and Michael Pitre.

Burns, 45, will coach the secondary. Pitre, 33, will handle the running backs.

A former defensive back at Washington State, Burns has coached 19 years in the college ranks, and he spent one season coaching defensive backs with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jon Gruden's staff in 2006.

Burns has 11 years experience in the Pac-12 at Southern Cal (2002-05 under Pete Carroll), Arizona State (2008-11 under Dennis Erickson) and California (2014-16 under Sonny Dykes). He also spent one season with Bill Snyder at Kansas State (2007).

Burns, who did not coach last season, has worked in the secondary throughout his entire career.

During his time at USC, the Trojans won back-to-back national championships (2003 and '04) and compiled a record of 48-4, though NCAA sanctions vacated 14 of the wins and the 2004 BCS title.

Burns spent the 2012 season working with current OSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar at Purdue.

Pitre was a three-year starting fullback at UCLA, serving as Maurice Jones-Drew's blocking back. Pitre has spent the past four seasons coaching running backs at Montana State.

Assistant head coach Mike Riley will coach the Beavers' tight ends.

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