Darrin Chiaverini

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Darrin Chiaverini
Colorado Buffaloes
Position: Co-Offensive coordinator / Recruiting coordinator / Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-10-12) October 12, 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth: Orange County, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Corona (CA)
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 5 / Pick: 148
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Mt. San Antonio College (2007)
    Wide receivers
  • Mt. San Antonio College (2008)
    Co-offensive coordinator
  • UCLA (2009)
    Special teams assistant
  • Riverside City College (2010–2013)
    Associate head coach / Co-offensive coordinator / Special teams
  • Texas Tech (2014)
    Special teams
  • Texas Tech (2015)
    Special teams / Outside wide receivers
  • Colorado (2016–present)
    Co-offensive coordinator / Wide receivers
As administrator:
  • Colorado (2016-present)
    Recruiting coordinator
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 62
Receiving yards: 662
Avg.: 10.7
Touchdowns: 7
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 213
Receiving yards: 1,983
Touchdowns: 35
Total tackles: 72
Interceptions: 4
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Darrin Earl Chiaverini (born October 12, 1977) is an American football assistant coach and former wide receiver. He played college football at Colorado. He was drafted in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

During his career, he also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was formerly the special teams coordinator and outside wide receivers coach for Texas Tech prior to joining the Colorado coaching staff.[1]

Early years[edit]

Prior to his arrival at the University of Colorado, Chiaverini led the state of California in receptions with 88 and had 1,188 yards receiving in 1994 while attending Corona High School in Corona, California. He was inducted into the Corona High School Hall Of Fame on October 13, 2010.

College career[edit]

Chiaverini played at the college level from 1995-1998 for Colorado at the wide receiver position. In 1998, he won the inaugural Buffalo Heart Award given to the Colorado Buffalo player that best "demonstrates grit, determination and toughness."[2] During Chiaverini's tenure, Colorado had two 10 win seasons. The Buffaloes won three bowl games during this time - the 1996 Cotton Bowl, the 1996 Holiday Bowl, and 1998 Aloha Bowl. Chiaverini was team captain for the Buffs in 1998.

Professional career[edit]

Chiaverini was selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He ranked fifth among NFL rookies in 1999 with 44 catches, 487 yards, and four touchdowns. He holds the Browns' record for most catches by a rookie in a game with 10 receptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[1] On August 28, 2001, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft choice (not exercised).

With the Dallas Cowboys he recorded 10 receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns, before being waived on June 13, 2002.

On July 2, 2002, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons.[3] A quadriceps injury limited him to seven games and no receptions during the season. After not being re-signed, he finished his NFL career with 62 catches for 662 yards and seven touchdowns.

Following his stint with the Falcons, Chiaverini went into the Arena Football League (AFL) where he played from 2004-2006. While there, he accrued 213 receptions for 1,944 yards and 33 touchdowns for the Austin Wranglers.

Coaching career[edit]

Junior college[edit]

Chiaverini began his coaching career in 2007 as the wide receiver coach for Mt. San Antonio College.[1]

In January 2010, Chiaverini was hired by Riverside City College (RCC) as associate head coach, Co-Offensive/Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator. He helped Riverside to a 10-1 record and a Central Division Championship during the 2010 season. The Riverside Tigers defeated Los Angeles Harbor College in the Central Division Championship Bowl in November 2010. RCC was 1-9 in 2009 and the 10-1 record in 2010 marked one of the biggest turnarounds in junior college football history.

In 2011, RCC recorded a perfect 11-0 record, snapping Mt. San Antonio College's 26 game win streak. Riverside College went on to capture back to back Central Division Championships and was ranked #1 in Southern California in the final poll conducted by the California Community College Athletic Association/CCCFCA Football Poll (11/13/2011). Riverside concluded their season with a 31-14 win over Saddleback College in the Golden State Bowl (11/19/2011). RCC led the nation in scoring offense and set two school records, averaging 49.6 points per game while scoring 64 touchdowns.

In 2013, Riverside's offense accrued 6,399 total yards, another school record. Additionally, Riverside's special teams ranked near the top in multiple categories since Chiaverini's arrival and have blocked a school record 22 kicks in four seasons as well as having had one of the top punt return units in the nation leading the conference in punt return yards three out of four seasons. Also in 2013, Riverside returned a school record three kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Chiaverini also served as the recruiting coordinator for the school. Riverside transferred 42 players to Division I (NCAA) schools from 2010-2013. Riverside went 40-5 over those four seasons and won three conference titles and four Bowl Championships and 24 consecutive home wins. Chiaverini also served as the special teams Coordinator in the East-West Shrine Game under former NFL Head Coach Jerry Glanville in 2013 and 2014 for the East Team.[4]

Division I[edit]

In 2009, Chiaverini was the assistant special teams coach under Frank Gansz, Jr. for the UCLA Bruins. UCLA's special teams ranked among the best in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2009. UCLA went on to defeat Temple 30-21 in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C..

Chiaverini was named the special teams coordinator for Texas Tech on January 16, 2013, becoming the first full-time special teams coach at the school since 2009. In 2014 Texas Tech improved from last in the conference in Net Punting in the Big 12 Conference in 2013 to 2nd in the Conference in 2014 with a 42.2 Net Average. Texas Tech also Ranked 2nd in Kickoff Coverage in 2014 with a net average of 40 yards with Oklahoma and Kansas St. During the 2014 season, Kicker Ryan Bustin set the school record for field goals made with 50. Texas Tech was also plus three in the NCAA in +/- ratio in 2014 on Special Teams.[1] In 2015, Chiaverini was named the outside wide receivers coach in addition to his special teams duties. In 2015, Chiaverini was one of 30 coaches in the NCAA selected to the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2015 Texas Tech's Special Teams ranked 12th in the nation in Special Teams Efficiency according to ESPN. Ranking was based on the point contributions of each unit to team's scoring margin, on per play basis. ESPN ranked Texas Tech's offense second in the nation in Offensive Efficiency. Texas Tech's offense set a school record in 2015 with 596 points scored breaking the previous record set in 2008. Texas Tech's offense finished 2nd in the NCAA in scoring (46.6 points per game) and total offense 594.5 yards per game). Wide Receiver / Kick Returner Jakeem Grant was 5th in the nation in Kickoff Return yards with 1017 yards and tied a school record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2015. Grant garnered 2nd team All-America honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and CBS and was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2015. Freshman placekicker Clayton Hatfield ranked 8th in the nation and 1st in the Big-12 in Field Goal Percentage 87.5%. Punter Taylor Symmank finished his career in the top two in school history with over 43 yards per punt. Texas Tech did not have a field goal or punt blocked during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Chiaverini departed Texas Tech for his alma mater Colorado in December 2015 being named Co-Offensive Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator / Wide Receivers.[5]

In 2016, Chiaverini helped lead the biggest turnaround in school and Pac-12 history when Colorado improved from 1-8 in conference play in 2015 to 8-1 in 2016 winning the Pac-12 South Championship. Colorado improved from 4-9 in 2015 to 10-3 in 2016. Serving as co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach, Colorado had a record breaking year on offense. The records including: total offense (5,802), first quarter points (120), offensive plays (1,037), red-zone opportunities (55), 500-plus yard games of total offense (6 tied), first downs (310), Pac-12 Offensive Players-of-the-Week (4).

Colorado's biggest improvement was in points scored. In 2015 Colorado scored 320 points. In 2016 Colorado scored 427 points in an increase of 107 points. Colorado also scored 50 offensive touchdowns in 2016, an improvement from 38 in 2015.

It was also the first time in school history to have a quarterback throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in a game. Colorado accomplished this feat twice. Quarterback Steven Montez passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 135 yards and another touchdown in Colorado's win against Oregon. Montez was named Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week. Quarterback Sefo Liufau passed for 345 yards, and rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown against Washington State. Liufau was named Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week and CBS National Player of the Week. Only four quarterbacks achieved the feat of throwing for 300 and rushing for a 100 in a game in 2016.

Chiaverini also served as Recruiting Coordinator for the Buffaloes and in 2017 Coachingsearch.com reported that Colorado had the most improved recruiting class in the nation as they improved 32 spots to have the 35th ranked recruiting class in the country according to 247sports.com. Scout.com reported that Colorado had a Top 30 class nationally and was their highest ranked class in over a decade.

Personal life[edit]

Chiaverini completed his bachelor's degree in communications in 2006 from the University of Colorado. He went on to complete his Master's degree in Human Performance and Sport Sciences in 2009 from New Mexico Highlands University. He resides in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Shannon and their two children, Curtis and Kaylie Chiaverini.


  1. ^ a b c d "Darrin Chiaverini Named Special Teams Coordinator". Texas Tech University. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ringo, Kyle. "Colorado football: Buffalo Heart Award key part of senior day at CU". Buffzone.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://a.espncdn.com/nfl/columns/pasquarelli_len/1401421.html
  4. ^ "East Team Heach Coach". Shriners Hospitals for Children. Archived from the original on 19 January 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Munsterteiger, Adam. "Adam Munsterteiger Twitter Post". Twitter. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 

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