Noel Mazzone

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Noel Mazzone
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1957-03-21) March 21, 1957 (age 58)
Mount Vernon, Washington
Playing career
1975–1979 New Mexico
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
New Mexico (GA)
Colorado State (QB/WR)
Minnesota (QB)
Ole Miss (OC/QB)
Auburn (OC)
Oregon State (OC)
NC State (OC/TE)
Ole Miss (OC/QB)
New York Jets (WR)
Panther Creek HS (NC) (OC)
Arizona State (OC)

Noel Mazzone (born March 21, 1957) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a position he had held since before the start of the 2012 season.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Mazzone grew up in Raton, New Mexico and went on to play college football as a quarterback under coach Bill Mondt at the University of New Mexico from 1975 to 1979.

Coaching career[edit]

After graduation, Mazzone started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at New Mexico under head coach Joe Morrison who had succeeded Mondt in 1980. Coach Mazzone also spent one season (1981) at Boulder High School coaching future University of Colorado Greats Tom Gebhardt and Eric McCarty. In 1982, Mazzone received his first full-time position, coaching quarterbacks and receivers under Leon Fuller at Colorado State. After 5 years at CSU, Mazzone was hired away by Jim Wacker to serve as quarterbacks coach at Texas Christian. When Wacker left TCU for the head coaching position at the University of Minnesota in 1992, Mazzone followed Wacker to serve the same position with the Gophers.

In 1995, Mazzone was hired as offensive coordinator by Tommy Tuberville, who had just become head coach at Ole Miss. Tuberville left Ole Miss for Auburn in 1999, taking Mazzone with him. However, after the 2001 season Tuberville choose to replace Mazzone with Bobby Petrino. Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson then hired Mazzone as offensive coordinator for the 2002 season. While Erickson left the collegiate ranks to coach the San Francisco 49ers, Mazzone chose to remain in college football, becoming offensive coordinator under Chuck Amato at North Carolina State where he coached Philip Rivers, who would be the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. In January of 2005, Mazzone returned to Ole Miss to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Ed Orgeron. He was fired as offensive coordinator at the end of the 2005 season but remained an employee at Ole Miss for contractual reasons.

In 2006, Mazzone took his first position in the NFL when new head coach Eric Mangini hired him as wide receivers coach for the New York Jets. Mangini was fired by the Jets following the 2008 season and Mazzone's contract with the Jets was allowed to expire.

In January 2009, Mazzone was under consideration by Randy Shannon for the vacant position as offensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes,[1] and in February of that year was under consideration by Dave Wannstedt as offensive coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh.[2] He was also being considered for the job coaching quarterbacks under Mangini with the Cleveland Browns.[3][4] But, instead of going to coach for any college he decided to assume the duties of offensive coordinator for Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina under Wayne Bragg.

On January 4, 2010, he was hired as offensive coordinator at Arizona State University, where he was reunited with Dennis Erickson, who he previously worked under at Oregon State University. On January 6, 2012, It was announced he would be joining Jim L. Mora's coaching staff at UCLA as Offensive Coordinator.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rodney Allison
Auburn Tigers Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Bobby Petrino
Preceded by
Jeremy Bates
New York Jets wide receivers coach
Succeeded by
Henry Ellard