Pete Rodriguez

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This article is about the football coach. For the boogaloo band leader, see Pete Rodriguez (Boogaloo). For the salsa singer, see Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez.
Pete Rodriguez
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born July 25, 1940
Chicago, Illinois
Died November 30, 2014(2014-11-30) (aged 74)
San Diego, California
Alma mater Western State College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1969 Arizona (GA)
1970–1973 Western Illinois (assistant)
1974–1975 Florida State (DC/DL)
1976–1978 Iowa State (DC)
1979–1982 Western Illinois
1983–1984 Michigan Panthers (DL)
1985 Denver Gold (DL)
1986 Northern Iowa (DC)
1987 Ottawa Rough Riders (DC)
1988–1989 Los Angeles Raiders (ST)
1990–1993 Phoenix Cardinals (ST)
1994–1997 Washington Redskins (ST)
1998 Seattle Seahawks (AHC/ST)
1999–2003 Seattle Seahawks (STC)
2004–2006 Jacksonville Jaguars (STC)
2009 New York Sentinels (ST)
Head coaching record
Overall 14–28

Pete Rodriguez (July 25, 1940 – November 30, 2014) was an American football coach of Mexican American descent.[1][2]

College coaching career[edit]

Rodriguez broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at Arizona (1968–69) and later served as defensive coordinator at Western Illinois (1970–73), Florida State (1974–75), Iowa State (1976–78) and Northern Iowa (1986). He served as head coach at Western Illinois from 1979–82.

Professional coaching career[edit]


Rodriguez served as defensive line coach for the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League from 1983-84. He was part of the USFL's first championship team, helping the Panthers to the title in 1983. He spent the 1985 season as defensive line coach with the Denver Gold.


Rodriguez was the defensive coordinator for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League in 1987.


Rodriguez entered the National Football League as the Los Angeles Raiders special teams coach (1988–89). He served in a similar capacity with the Phoenix Cardinals (1990–93), Washington Redskins (1994–97), Seattle Seahawks (1998–2003) and, most recently, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2004–2006).


Rodriguez served as the special teams coach for the New York Sentinels of the United Football League in 2009.

Involvement with USC[edit]

In July, 2010 the Los Angeles Times reported that he was the coach hired by Pete Carroll as a special consultant for USC's kickers during the 2008 football season. The use of additional coach was one of the items that the NCAA found to be a Major Violation and subjected USC to the "Loss of institutional control" finding. Carroll had defended the hiring as being done with the knowledge of the USC compliance staff however the compliance staff reported that this was not the case.[3]


Rodriguez died in San Diego[4] on November 30, 2014 of a complication following an undisclosed surgery.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Western Illinois Leathernecks (Mid-Con) (1979–1982)
1979 Western Illinois 3–8 1–4 5th
1980 Western Illinois 4–6 0–4 5th
1981 Western Illinois 5–6 2–1 2nd
1982 Western Illinois 2–8 0–3 4th
Western Illinois: 14–28 3–12
Total: 14–28
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ Pierson, Don, Chicago Tribune, "FROM RAILROAD BOXCAR TO NFL SIDELINE, SEATTLE COACH SPECIAL"(Sep 17, 1999, Sports Section, Page 5); "Times have changed, but there are not too many Mexican-American coaches anywhere in the.."
  2. ^ Associated Press (December 3, 2014). "Long-time coach Pete Rodriguez dies". Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Pringle, Paul (July 14, 2010). "Carroll's rules violation could hurt USC". Los Angeles Times. 
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