Tom Cecchini
Biographical details
Born (1944-12-09) December 9, 1944 (age 76)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Xavier (OH) (assistant)
Xavier (OH)
Iowa (assistant)
Minnesota Vikings (assistant)
Head coaching record

Thomas A. Cecchini (born December 9, 1944) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football as an All-Big Ten Conference linebacker at the University of Michigan, and he held coaching positions with Xavier University, University of Iowa, and the Minnesota Vikings. In two years as the head coach at Xavier, he compiled a record of 8–13–1.

Football player

Cecchini began his football career as an all-city player at Pershing High School in Detroit.[1] He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1963 to 1965. He was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference linebacker in 1964 and was selected as the captain of the 1965 Michigan Wolverines football team.[2]

Coaching career

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Michigan in 1966, he remained at Michigan as a member of Michigan's coaching staff. He also received a master's degree in education at Michigan. In 1970, he was hired as the defensive line coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as the head football coach at Xavier from 1972 to 1973. At the end of the 1973 season, Xavier terminated its intercollegiate football program.[3] In January 1974, he was hired as an assistant football coach at the University of Iowa, where former Michigan head coach Bump Elliott was employed as the athletic director.[4][5] After seven seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa, he was hired as the defensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings in March 1980.[6]

Business career

In 1984, Cecchini quit coaching to form a computer document processing company and a software company. In the mid-1990s, Cecchini's companies went out of business, and Cecchini filed for person bankruptcy.[7] In September 1998, Cecchini was hired by Michigan athletic director Tom Goss as an associate athletic director at Michigan.[8] In 1999, Cecchini became embroiled in controversy. Cecchini received a salary of $96,000 and bonuses of $12,800 at Michigan. The Detroit News reported that Goss stated that Cecchini had been making about $200,000 a year, but an investigation by the newspaper showed he had been a $38,400 employee of a Minnesota video technology company when he was hired by Goss. The News investigation also criticized Goss for following Cecchini's advice concerning the installation of new electronic scoreboards at Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena.[7][9][10]


  1. "Cecchini To Continue As Blue Squad Center". The Michigan Daily. September 14, 1963.,1089818&dq=cecchini+football+michigan&hl=en.
  2. "1965 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library.
  3. "Story of the collapse of another football program". Eugene Register-Guard. December 28, 1973.,7235695&dq=tom+cecchini&hl=en.
  4. "Cecchini joins Iowa's staff". The Telegraph-Herald. January 27, 1974.,3654067&dq=cecchini+football+michigan&hl=en.
  5. "Hawkeyes pick Cecchini". The Michigan Daily. January 26, 1974.,805558&dq=cecchini+football+michigan&hl=en.
  6. "Cecchini takes Vikings job". The Telegraph-Herald. March 9, 1980.,1123618&dq=cecchini+football+michigan&hl=en.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Costly UM projects are losers, so far". Toledo Blade. March 19, 1999.,1116994&dq=cecchini+goss+michigan&hl=en.
  8. "A Piece of Stadium History: Scoreboards prepared for ceremonial dismantling". The Michigan Daily. April 17, 1998.,4763890&dq=cecchini+football+michigan&hl=en.
  9. "Goss' Internet project costly to U-M: Athletic director wanted $40 a month from Wolverine fans". The Detroit News. April 4, 1999.
  10. "U-M builds Internet boondoggle: Athletic Dept. spends $8M on projects that were offered cost-free". The Detroit News. March 18, 1999.

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