The school said Thursday he will serve as running backs coach. Stephens-Howling worked as a volunteer assistant for the Football Championship Subdivision program last spring before spending time as a graduate assistant at Pitt, his alma mater.
Stephens-Howling played for the Panthers from 2005-08, then was taken in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft by Arizona. Stephens-Howling played four seasons for the Cardinals, splitting time between running back and kick return specialist.
He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 but tore the ACL in his right knee in the opener against Tennessee and ultimately retired.