Pat Narduzzi

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Pat Narduzzi
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Pittsburgh
Conference ACC
Record 8–5
Biographical details
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 55)
New Haven, Connecticut
Alma mater Youngstown State
Playing career
1985 Youngstown State
1987–1989 Rhode Island
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1990–1991 Miami (OH) (GA)
1992 Miami (OH) (WR)
1993–1997 Rhode Island (LB)
1998–1999 Rhode Island (DC)
2000–2002 Northern Illinois (LB)
2003 Miami (OH) (DC)
2004–2006 Cincinnati (DC)
2007–2014 Michigan State (DC)
2015–present Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall 8–5
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2013)

Patrick Narduzzi (born April 22, 1966) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He previously was 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.


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.


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

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]


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.


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.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Pittsburgh (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Pittsburgh 8–5 6–2 2nd (Coastal) L Military
2016 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh: 8–5 6–2
Total: 8–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. "Post-Game Quotes: Cotton Bowl Classic - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2015-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Thamel, Pete (2014-12-23). "Michigan State Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to be new Pittsburgh Panthers head coach - College Football". Retrieved 2015-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Player Bio: Pat Narduzzi Miami University RedHawks Official Athletic Site". 1966-04-22. Retrieved 2015-10-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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