Mike Trgovac

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Mike Trgovac
Mike Trgovac in 2013.jpg
Trgovac in 2013.
Green Bay Packers
Defensive line coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-27) February 27, 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth: Youngstown, Ohio
Career information
High school: Austintown (OH) Fitch
College: Michigan
No regular season or postseason appearances
Coaching debut in 1984 for the Michigan Wolverines
Career history
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Michael Trgovac (born February 27, 1959) is the defensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers and the former defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. Born near Youngstown, Ohio, Trgovac was an All-American middle guard at the University of Michigan before starting his NFL coaching career.[1]

Playing and college coaching[edit]

Trgovac was an all-state defensive lineman at Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio. He was named defensive lineman of the year in 1976 and also won the state wrestling title. As a player under Bo Schembechler at Michigan from 1977–80, Trgovac started three years at middle guard and was second-team All-America as a senior. He earned All-Big Ten honors twice and played in three Rose Bowls. Following his graduation from Michigan, Trgovac became a graduate assistant under Schembechler in the 1984 and '85 seasons with fellow GAs Cam Cameron and Bill Sheridan. From 1986 to 1988 he coached the defensive line at Ball State. Following a one year stint with Navy, he joined former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce's staff at Colorado State as defensive line coach. He ended his college coaching career with three seasons on Lou Holtz's staff at Notre Dame.[2]

NFL coach[edit]

Trgovac served as the defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-1998. In 1998, the Eagles finished third in the NFL in sack percentage and first overall against the pass. Trgovac's 1995 line recorded an NFL-best 42.5 sacks. He spent the 1999 season with the Green Bay Packers before joining the Washington Redskins for two seasons. He helped guide a Redskins defense that ranked fourth in the NFL and first in the NFC in 2000.

Following the 2001 season, Trgovac joined the Carolina Panthers. He was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2003 season. Since Trgovac joined Carolina in 2002, the Panthers rank fifth in total yards allowed, trailing only Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Denver. They are also sixth in first downs allowed and rushing yards allowed per attempt, ninth in rushing yards allowed per game and 10th in third down efficiency. After turning down a contract offer from the Panthers, Trgovac informed head coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney that he was leaving the team.[3] He soon joined the Green Bay Packers as a defensive line coach.


  1. ^ Bassetti, John; Kovach, John (March 31, 2007). "Area breeds toughness, tradition; From players, coaches, officials, the area has been well represented in the NFL.". The Vindicator. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Mike Trgovac". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Panthers defensive boss bolts team. Retrieved on 2009-01-22.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Del Rio
Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ron Meeks