Darren Rizzi

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Darren Rizzi
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1970-07-21) July 21, 1970 (age 46)
Playing career
1988–1991 Rhode Island
Position(s) Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993 Colgate (asst)
1994–1997 New Haven (DC)
1998 Northeastern (ST)
1999–2001 New Haven
2002–2007 Rutgers (ST)[1]
2008 Rhode Island
2010-Present Miami Dolphins (ST) (AC)
Head coaching record
Overall 18–23

Darren Rizzi (born July 21, 1970) is the Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the Miami Dolphins 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[2][3] and the Rhode Island Rams football team in 2008.[4] 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.[5] He was later a resident of Oradell.[2]

As of 2016, Rizzi serves as the Special Teams Coordinator and Assist Head Coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

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. ^ "Rizzi named head coach at Rhode Island". The Sports Network. December 18, 2007. 
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ ADITI KINKHABWALA (August 14, 2002). "Bringing his lifelong passion home; Rizzi enjoying duties as Rutgers assistant". The Record. 
  4. ^ MIKE SZOSTAK (August 3, 2008). "New-look Rams aim to be winners as camp kicks off". Providence Journal-Bulletin. 
  5. ^ 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."

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