ALAMEDA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Former Pittsburgh defensive backs coach Darren Perry was hired to fill the same role with the Oakland Raiders
Perry, who coached the Steelers' secondary since 2003, resigned last month following a meeting with new Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin.
Raiders coach Lane Kiffin brought him on board to replace Lorenzo Ward.
"Darren's track record speaks for itself in Pittsburgh, first as an outstanding player and then equally as a proven coach," Kiffin said. "His work in the defensive backfield has resulted in championship caliber play from all areas."
Perry, 38, starred at Penn State, then started at safety for seven consecutive seasons with Pittsburgh after being taken in the eighth round of the 1992 draft. He finished his career with New Orleans in 2000.
Oakland had the No. 1 ranked pass defense in the NFL last season, despite finishing a league-worst 2-14. Pittsburgh had the fourth-ranked pass defense under Perry in 2004 and won the Super Bowl the following season.