Paul Hackett (American football)
July 5, 1947 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|UC Davis (assistant freshman)
UC Davis (freshman)
Cleveland Browns (QB)
San Francisco 49ers (QB/WR/TE)
Dallas Cowboys (PGC)
Kansas City Chiefs (OC)
New York Jets (OC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QB)
Oakland Raiders (special projects)
Oakland Raiders (QB)
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||33–37–1 (includes forfeit by California in 1999)|
College Football Data Warehouse
Paul Hackett (born July 5, 1947) is a former American football coach. He served as head football coach of University of Pittsburgh from 1989 to 1992 and at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1998 to 2000.
Hackett began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of California, Davis, in 1969, assisting the freshmen in the first year and then directing them to a 13-0 mark over the next two seasons under College Football Hall of Fame coach Jim Sochor. He then was an assistant at University of California, Berkeley for four years (1972–1975), the first season as a graduate assistant, the next as the receivers coach and the final two as the quarterbacks coach. Then, at age 29, he moved to USC for five years (1976–1980) as an assistant coach under John Robinson; Hackett succeeded Robinson at USC after the latter's second tenure as head coach.
From 1989 to 1992 was the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He replaced Mike Gottfried, whom he had served as offensive coordinator, just prior to the 1989 Sun Bowl, which resulted in a Pittsburgh victory over Texas A&M.
Between his two head coaching stints, Hackett served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) from 1993 to 1997. The Chiefs made the playoffs four of five seasons, ranking fifth in offense in his last year.
Hackett was head coach at USC from 1998 until 2000, prior to Pete Carroll taking over. During the first season he guided the Trojans to the Sun Bowl, losing in a major upset to TCU. Hackett's final two years at the school were difficult, as the fans and alumni base turned against him. His 1999 and 2000 Trojans football teams were the first USC teams to have consecutive non-winning seasons since 1960 and 1961. The 2000 team was tied for last place in the Pacific-10 Conference. His winning percentage as USC coach was .514, compared to the school's then all-time win percentage of .691. USC fired Hackett on November 27, 2000; to do so, it spent $800,000 to buy out the remaining two years of his five-year, $3.5-million contract. Hackett felt he was clearly not given enough time to rebuild and develop his recruits, such as Carson Palmer. "In two years, I expect to see this team explode," he said.
After leaving USC, Hackett served as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets from 2001 to 2004. He was forced to resign from the team after the 2004 season. During his time with the Jets, he was criticized by Vinny Testaverde for questionable play calling, and by the media for an ultra-conservative "play it safe" offensive philosophy. He was the Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach from 2005 to 2007. From 2008 to 2010, Hackett worked as the quarterback coach for the Oakland Raiders. Hackett is married and has two sons, David and Nathaniel.
Head coaching record
|Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA Division I-A Independent) (1989–1990)|
|Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East Conference) (1991–1992)|
|Pittsburgh:||13–20–1||4–5||*Hackett only coached the Sun Bowl, replacing Mike Gottfried.
**Final game of season coached by Sal Sunseri
|USC Trojans (Pacific-10 Conference) (1998–2000)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Larry Stewart, ‘Very Disappointed,’ Hackett Gets the Ax, Los Angeles Times, 2000-11-28, Accessed 2008-07-16.
- T. J. Simers, Hackett's Successor Needs Booster Shot for Alumni, Los Angeles Times, 2000-11-28, Accessed 2008-07-16.
- Bill Shaikin, USC Has Victory Bell, Los Angeles Times, 2000-11-19, Accessed 2008-07-15.
- David Wharton, Another USC Turnover, Los Angeles Times, 2000-11-28, Accessed 2008-07-16.
- David Wharton, Hackett Not Shy About Celebrating Big Victory, Los Angeles Times, 2000-11-19, Accessed 2008-07-16.
- Adande, J.A., Now Garrett's Back Is Against the Wallet, Los Angeles Times, 2000-12-16, Accessed 2008-07-15.
|Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
Jimmy Raye II
|New York Jets Offensive Coordinator