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Chuck Amato
File:Chuck Amato in 2005.jpg
Current position
TitleDefensive Coordinator
Biographical details
Born (1946-06-26) June 26, 1946 (age 76)
Easton, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1965–1967NC State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Easton Area HS (PA) (assistant)
NC State (DB/LB/DC)
Arizona (LB)
Florida State (DL/LB)
NC State
Florida State (LB)
Akron (DC)
Head coaching record
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Charles "Chuck" Amato (born June 26, 1946) is the defensive coordinator for the Akron Zips football team. He served as the head football at North Carolina State University from 2000 to 2006, compiling a record of 49–37. On January 17, 2007, Amato returned to Florida State, where he had coached as assistant for nearly two decades before moving to NC State, as executive associate head coach and linebackers coach, a position he held for three seasons.

Early life and playing career

Amato was born in Easton, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Easton Area High School. Boxer Larry Holmes was a classmate of Amato in Easton. Amato earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from North Carolina State University in 1969 and a master's degree in education in 1973.

At North Carolina State, Amato was a three-year letter winner in both football and wrestling. He played linebacker on the 1965 team that won an Atlantic Coast Conference co–championship and posted two undefeated seasons as a wrestler, earning two ACC titles, at heavyweight in 1966 and in 191-pound (87 kg) weight class in 1968.

Coaching career

Easton High School

Following his graduation from North Carolina State, Amato spent two years as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Easton High School.

Assistant at NC State

In 1971, Amato began a nine-year stint as an assistant coach with North Carolina State, working under Al Michaels, Lou Holtz, and Bo Rein.

Arizona and Florida State

He then spent two seasons at the University of Arizona (1980 and 1981), where he served as the linebackers coach. He then joined Florida State University, where he spent 18 years in various defensive football coaching capacities, including that of assistant head coach for 14 years. At Florida State, he was defensive line coach for 14 years and spent four seasons as linebacker coach.

ACC championships

Amato has been a part of 11 ACC championships, one as a player at North Carolina State (1965), two as an assistant coach for North Carolina State (1973 and 1979), and eight consecutive seasons at Florida State (1992 through 1999).

Head coach at NC State

In 2002, Amato was elected to the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees.

Amato accumulated an overall record of 49–37, including a record of 34–17 during the four-year period from 2000 through 2003 while Philip Rivers was the starting quarterback. Amato's most successful season was in 2002 when the Wolfpack defeated Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl to cap off an 11–win season in which his team finished ranked #12 in the AP poll.

After Philip Rivers graduated and left for the NFL, Amato's NC State teams finished 5–6 in 2004, 7–5 in 2005, and 3–9 in 2006. On November 26 of 2006, Amato was fired by NC State athletics director Lee Fowler after a seven–game losing streak capped off the 2006 season. Noted losses include an upset by the Akron Zips (5–7), a third straight loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels (3–9), and a loss at home to the East Carolina Pirates (7–5).[1] Highlights of the 2006 season include wins against the Boston College Eagles and the Florida State Seminoles. In a statement, Fowler acknowledged Amato's "excitement and enthusiasm." This enthusiasm fueled an $87 million renovation to Carter-Finley Stadium. Nonetheless, mediocre 2005 and 2006 seasons led to the decision "to take the program in a new direction."[2]

Return to Florida State

In 2007, Amato returned to Florida State University as executive associate head coach and linebackers coach. In December 2009 with the retirement of Bobby Bowden, Amato was notified by new Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher that he will not be retained on staff. Amato coached the 2010 Gator Bowl game and was subsequently released from the Florida State program. In December 2009, Amato was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer.[3] After a successful six week treatment, he vowed to return to coaching in 2011.[3]

Assistant at Akron

Amato returned to coaching for the 2012 season as the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator under Terry Bowden.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2000–2006)
2000 NC State 8–4 4–4 5th W
2001 NC State 7–5 4–4 T–4th L Tangerine
2002 NC State 11–3 5–3 4th W Gator 11 12
2003 NC State 8–5 4–4 T–4th W Tangerine
2004 NC State 5–6 3–5 T–8th
2005 NC State 7–5 3–5 T–4th (Atlantic) W Meineke Car Care
2006 NC State 3–9 2–6 6th (Atlantic)
NC State: 49–37 25–31
Total: 49–37
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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