Poteat, 37, spent the past two seasons helping the Panthers with cornerbacks as a graduate assistant. Before that, he was defensive backs coach at Kentucky Christian for two seasons.
Poteat was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2000 NFL Draft and played 10 seasons as a cornerback. He won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2005.
A Philadelphia native, Poteat played for Pittsburgh Panthers from 1996-99. His hiring completes the coaching staff of Kent State coach Paul Haynes.
Last month, Haynes promoted running backs coach Don Treadwell to offensive coordinator and hired Mark Spencer as new running backs coach. The trio will try to help Haynes’ continued rebuilding of Kent State, his alma mater.
Haynes has a 6-17 record in his two seasons as coach of the Golden Flashes, including a 2-9 mark this past year. But his team closed the season with a win over rival Akron and returns two first-team All-MAC selections in rising junior safety Nate Holley and senior punter Anthony Melchiori.