Pat Narduzzi

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Pat Narduzzi
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Michigan State
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1966-04-22) April 22, 1966 (age 48)
New Haven, Connecticut
Playing career
Youngstown State
Rhode Island
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Miami (OH) (GA)
Miami (OH) (WR)
Rhode Island (LB)
Rhode Island (DC)
Northern Illinois (LB)
Miami (OH) (DC)
Cincinnati (DC)
Michigan State (DC)
Accomplishments and honors
Broyles Award (2013)

Patrick Narduzzi (born April 22, 1966) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator at Michigan State University. He attended Youngstown State University and the University of Rhode Island and earned his Masters 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[edit]

Narduzzi was brought along by Mark Dantonio to revamp the depleted Michigan State defense that previous coach John L. Smith had left behind, and was criticized heavily by the Spartan fanbase for the relatively poor performance by the defense during the first few rebuilding years of Dantonio's tenure. However, the 2011 team had a nationally recognized defense, ranking in the top five nationally in most statistical categories. After the unexpected and dominant performance, Narduzzi was pursued for head coaching jobs and a significant raise to become the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M University. However, 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, for being recognized as the best assistant coach in the country.


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.[1]


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