Alma Mater: Tulsa '91
Former TU All-America receiver Dan Bitson is in his second season as receivers coach. Bitson was a two-time second-team All-America selection for the Hurricane in 1988 and 1989. Prior to the 1989 Independence Bowl, Bitson incurred near-fatal injuries from an automobile accident on Dec. 4. Thought that he would never play football again, Bitson underwent a long rehabilitation and returned to the football field for the 1991 season. In the opener that year, Bitson returned to the field and caught a four-yard pass on his first play against Southwest Missouri State.
Bitson, 32, has spent the previous six years (1994-99) as the receivers coach at Northwestern (La.) State, where he has developed some of the most productive receivers in school history. Under his direction, receiver Pat Palmer became the school record-holder for receiving yards in 1997 and was selected in the 1998 NFL draft. Chris Pritchett, a senior in 1999, and Palmer posted two of the top four single-season receiving totals in school history. In 1998, Bitson coached five receivers who averaged better than 20 yards per catch.
Previously, Bitson coached the running backs and linebackers at Trinity Valley Community College in 1993.
Bitson ended his playing career as the second-leading receiver in Tulsa history with 3,330 yards and 29 touchdown receptions. He was a second-team Associated Press All-American as a junior in 1989 with 73 catches for 1,425 yards and 16 touchdowns. In 1988, Bitson caught 52 passes for 1,138 yards and nine TDs while earning second-team All-America merits from The Sporting News.
Bitson, who played prep football at Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School, earned his bachelor's degree in education from TU in 1991.
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