CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals continued to fill out their coaching staff Thursday when they promoted one coach and hired two more.
Robert Livingston, who was tabbed the team's defensive quality control/special teams assistant just one year ago, was reassigned to the role of assistant defensive backs coach, filling a vacancy left by co-defensive backs coach Mark Carrier. Last week, both secondary coaching jobs came open when Carrier left the team and Vance Joseph went to Miami to become the Dolphins' new defensive coordinator.
Livingston, who worked primarily with members of the Bengals' secondary in his role last season, joins Kevin Coyle in coaching the defensive backfield. Coyle was rehired by the Bengals earlier this week after he spent the past four seasons on the Dolphins' coaching staff. Prior to his tenure in South Florida, Coyle was on staff in Cincinnati for 11 seasons.
In addition to Livingston's promotion, the Bengals hired Dan Pitcher as an offensive assistant on Thursday. Pitcher spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, including serving as a scout for them in 2014 and 2015. The Cortland, New York, native was a three-year starting quarterback at SUNY-Cortland and was a finalist for the 2011 Gagliardi Award. It goes to the most outstanding NCAA Division III football player. In 2012, Pitcher coached receivers at SUNY-Cortland before becoming a scouting assistant for the Colts in 2012.
Also hired was Robert Couch, a former NFL practice squad and NFL Europe offensive lineman. The Orlando, Florida, native was hired as offensive quality control coach. After practice squad tenures with the Falcons and Rams, Couch spent his recent years working in private business and coaching high school football.