Darren Rizzi

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Darren Rizzi
New Orleans Saints
Position:Special teams coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1970-07-21) July 21, 1970 (age 48)
Career information
College:Rhode Island
Career history
As coach:

Darren Rizzi (born July 21, 1970) is the Special Teams Coordinator for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Prior to this, He was the head coach of the University of New Haven Chargers football team from 1999–2001[1][2] and the Rhode Island Rams football team in 2008.[3] He compiled an overall record of 18–23–0.[citation needed]

Rizzi grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey and graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in nearby Oradell.[4] He was later a resident of Oradell.[1]

During 2018, Rizzi served as the Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

On February 1, 2019 The New Orleans Saints hired Rizzi as the Special teams coordinator.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
New Haven Chargers (NCAA Division II independent) (1999–2001)
1999 New Haven 5–5
2000 New Haven 5–5
2001 New Haven 5–4
New Haven: 15–14
Rhode Island Rams (Colonial Athletic Association) (2008)
2008 Rhode Island 3–9 1–7 T–5th (North)
Rhode Island: 3–9 1–7
Total: 18–23


  1. ^ a b Schutta, Gregory. "ORADELL'S RIZZI NAMED NEW HAVEN HEAD COACH", The Record (Bergen County), February 25, 1999. Accessed May 25, 2016. "Former Bergen Catholic standout and NFL player Darren Rizzi broke into the head coaching ranks Wednesday when he was named the head football coach at the University of New Haven. The Oradell native returns to New Haven, where he spent four seasons as an assistant under former head coach Tony Sparano."
  2. ^ ADITI KINKHABWALA (August 14, 2002). "Bringing his lifelong passion home; Rizzi enjoying duties as Rutgers assistant". The Record.
  3. ^ MIKE SZOSTAK (August 3, 2008). "New-look Rams aim to be winners as camp kicks off". Providence Journal-Bulletin.
  4. ^ Biggane, Brian. "Darren Rizzi, Dolphins' new special teams coach, teamed with Tony Sparano in New Haven", The Palm Beach Post, October 5, 2010. Accessed February 17, 2011. "A native of Hillsdale, N.J., and a graduate of prep power Bergen Catholic, Rizzi starred as a tight end at Rhode Island after arriving as a walk-on in 1988."
  5. ^ https://phinphanatic.com/2019/02/01/former-miami-dolphins-darren-rizzi-lands-saints