Pat Narduzzi
Current position
TitleHead coach
Biographical details
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 54)
New Haven, Connecticut
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 ACC Coastal Division (2018)
Broyles Award (2013)

Patrick Regan Narduzzi (born April 22, 1966) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He was formerly the defensive coordinator at Michigan State. He attended Youngstown State University and the University of Rhode Island. He earned his master's degree from Miami University.

Career[edit | edit source]

Narduzzi began his career at Miami University in 1990 where he was a graduate assistant in 1990 and 1991 and where he tutored the wide receivers in 1992. From 1993 to 1999 Narduzzi coached at the University of Rhode Island coaching the linebackers from 1993 to 1997 and as the defensive coordinator from 1998 to 1999. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the linebackers coach at Northern Illinois University. He was defensive coordinator at Miami University in 2003 before joining the University of Cincinnati staff as defensive coordinator in 2004.

Cincinnati[edit | edit source]

Narduzzi became the defensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati in 2004, and left in 2007 to coach at Michigan State University. Narduzzi was a candidate for the head coaching position at Cincinnati, but Central Michigan University head coach Brian Kelly was named to the post on December 3, 2006. Narduzzi had informed University of Cincinnati officials that if he was not offered a permanent head coach position, he would follow Mark Dantonio to Michigan State University as defensive coordinator.

Michigan State[edit | edit source]

Narduzzi was brought along by Mark Dantonio to revamp the depleted Michigan State defense that previous coach John L. Smith left behind. Led by Narduzzi's stingy defenses, the Spartans improved dramatically, amassing four seasons of 11 or more wins, two Big Ten Conference championships, and six victories over rival Michigan in seven years. From 2011-2014, Michigan State was the only team to rank in the FBS Top 10 in total defense and rushing defense. Narduzzi was pursued for other jobs, including as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M University and head coach at University of Connecticut. Narduzzi chose to remain at Michigan State and helped the 2012 team and the 2013 team lead the Big Ten in total defense. In 2013, he won the Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's best assistant coach. In his last game as MSU's defensive coordinator, the Spartans won the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by rallying from 20 points down in the fourth quarter and finished the season with an overall record of 11-2. Dantonio said of Narduzzi after the game "You want the best for your people. To win the last game like that for Coach Narduzzi was something that we could to send him out with and that will be a memory for life. He's been incredibly loyal here. He's an extremely hard worker. He's been extremely successful. And now it's time for him to grow. He'll grow as the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. They're getting a great football coach and a great person and a guy who is going to impact young people. So it's going to be very exciting for him as well as his family."[1]

Pitt[edit | edit source]

On December 23, 2014, Sports Illustrated reported Narduzzi would become the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh football team.[2] On December 26, 2014, Narduzzi was officially introduced as the 36th head football coach.

In 2015, Narduzzi lead Pitt to an 8–5 record and a trip to the Military Bowl where they lost to Navy, 44–28. In 2016, Narduzzi lead Pitt to another 8–5 record and a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl where they lost to Northwestern, 31–24. His second season was highlighted by two top-five wins, a 43–42 upset win over eventual national champion Clemson and a 42-39 victory over eventual Big Ten champion Penn State. Pitt opened up 2017 with optimism over QB Max Browne but struggled in a 28-21 win over FCS Youngstown State. The team lost 33-14 the next week to Penn State. Then, Narduzzi's defense struggled as they lost 59-21 to #9 Oklahoma State. After losing 35-17 in their ACC opener to Georgia Tech, they destroyed Rice 42-10. They lost 2 in a row to Syracuse (27-24) and #20 NC State (35-17). They then won 2 in a row over Duke (24-17) and Virginia (31-14). However, they lost 34-31 to North Carolina to drop to 4-6 (2-4). Then Virginia Tech stopped them at the goal-line and Pitt lost 20-14. Then on Black Friday, Pitt shocked #2 Miami 24-14 and went 5-7 (3-5) in Narduzzi's 3rd season.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Narduzzi is the son of Bill Narduzzi, who was the head coach at Youngstown State University from 1975 to 1985. Pat played football for his father in 1985 as a freshman. Narduzzi is married and has four children.[3]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Pittsburgh Panthers (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Pittsburgh 8–5 6–2 2nd (Coastal) L Military
2016 Pittsburgh 8–5 5–3 T–2nd (Coastal) L Pinstripe
2017 Pittsburgh 5–7 3–5 T–4th (Coastal)
2018 Pittsburgh 7–7 6–2 1st (Coastal) L Sun
2019 Pittsburgh 0–0 0–0
Pittsburgh: 28–24 20–12
Total: 28–24
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Coaching Tree[edit | edit source]

Assistant coaches under Pat Narduzzi who became NCAA head coaches:

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