After Head Coach Al Golden departed Temple for Miami after the 2010 football season, Athletics Director Bill Bradshaw was charged with finding a new coach to maintain the momentum the Owl football program had built in recent years. Since joining the MAC in 2007, Temple had finished with a .500 or better conference record each year and finished with two consecutive winning seasons – the program’s first since 1990.
On December 23, 2010, Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio was named head coach. Addazio brought a wealth of coaching experience including recent success as the Gators’ offensive coordinator and Associate head coach.
At Florida, he oversaw one of the country’s elite offenses and tutored Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow. Also on his resume is an impressive six BCS bowl games in the last fifteen years including two wins in the BCS National Championship game.
Now, he takes the Owls into the BIG EAST Conference, where the Owls will play in 2012.
“One of the strengths of the BIG EAST over the years has been the quality of our football coaches,” said BIG EAST Sr. Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli. “Our group has consistently been one of the best of any conference in the country. The addition of Steve Addazio to the BIG EAST helps continue that tradition. He will no doubt be an asset to this conference for many years.”
His BIG EAST ties run deep. From 1995 to 1998, he coached on Paul Pasqualoni’s staff at Syracuse and was part of three conference championships. Pasqualoni is now the head coach at the University of Connecticut – Addazio’s home state.
“I grew up in Connecticut, started my Division I coaching experience at Syracuse and been a part of three BIG EAST conference championships,” he told the New Haven Register
. “I’m really deeply rooted within the conference from a geographic standpoint and an experience standpoint, so it’s exciting.”
THE STEVE ADDAZIO FILE (Courtesy of www.OwlSports.com)
2011- present Temple University, Head Coach
2005-10 University of Florida
2010 Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
2009 Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
2008 Assistant Head Coach, Offense / Offensive Line
2007 Offensive Line
2006 Offensive Line / Tackles / Tight Ends
2005 Tight Ends
2002-04 Indiana University
2004 Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line
2002-03 Offensive Line
1999-2001 University of Notre Dame
1999-2001 Offensive Line / Tight Ends/Special Teams
1995-98 Syracuse University
1997-98 Offensive Line
1995-96 Assistant Offensive Line / Tight Ends
1988-94 Cheshire (Conn.) High School, Head Coach
1985-87 Western Connecticut State University
1985-87 Offensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
BOWL GAMES AS A COACH
Gator: Jan. 1, 1996 Syracuse 41, Clemson 0
Liberty: Dec. 27, 1996 Syracuse 30, Houston 17
Fiesta: Dec. 31, 1997 Kansas State 35, Syracuse 18
Orange: Jan. 2, 1999 Florida 31, Syracuse 10
Fiesta: Jan. 1, 2001 Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
Outback: Jan. 2, 2006 Florida 31, Iowa 24
BCS National Championship: Jan. 8, 2007 Florida 41, Ohio State 14
Capital One: Jan. 1, 2008 Michigan 41, Florida 35
BCS National Championship: Jan. 8, 2009 Florida 24, Oklahoma 14
Sugar: Jan. 1, 2010 Florida 51, Cincinnati 24
Outback: Jan. 1, 2011 Florida 37, Penn State 24
1978-81 Central Connecticut State University
Addazio earned tryouts with the NFL's New England Patriots,
USFL's Jacksonville Bulls, and CFL's Ottawa Roughriders.
Year Coaching: 25th
College: Central Connecticut State University
B.A. in Physical Education ‘81
M.A. in Physical Education ‘85
Hometown: Farmington, Conn.
High School: Farmington (Conn.)
Born: June 1, 1959 Family:
Wife Kathy Donoghue
Children: Nicole (24), Jessica (21), Louie (18)
PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED
• C MIKE POUNCEY - 2011 First Round Draft pick by the Miami Dolphins. An Associated Press All-SEC honoree and Senior Bowl participant. Played in 54 games with 45 career starts.
• OT MARCUS GILBERT - 2011 Second Round Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Played in 52 games with 30 career starts at both tackle spots.
• C MAURKICE POUNCEY - A consensus 2009 All-American and recipient of the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's best center. Played in 41 games with 38 career starts. 2010 First Round Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Named All-Pro as a rookie.
• QB TIM TEBOW - 20th Anniversary William V. Campbell Trophy winner, who was also a three-time Heisman Trophy finalist, taking home the award as a sophomore in 2007. The A 2007 & 2008 All-American and two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2007 & 2009) threw for 9,285 yards and 88 touchdowns in his four seasons at Florida, while having also gained 2,947 yards on the ground with 57 rushing touchdowns, both school records by a Florida quarterback.
• LT PHIL TRAUTWEIN - A 2007 & 2008 All-SEC selection and 2008 Sports Illustrated second-team All-American. Played in 46 games with 29 starts as a Gator and was a 2008 team captain.
• LT ENOCH DeMAR - Three-time All-Big Ten selection who started in the 2002 Hula Bowl. Also served as co-captain for the Hoosiers and earned Academic All-Big Ten four times.
• WR COURTNEY ROBY - Indiana's all-time career leader in receptions (170) and receiving yards (2,524). Was an All-Big Ten second-team choice in 2004. Led the Hoosiers in receiving three-straight seasons. Selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
• TE JABARI HOLLOWAY - Rated third nationally among tight ends in 2000 preseason rankings by both The Sporting News and Lindy's. Named to 2000 preseason All-Independent teams by The Sporting News and Football News. Combined with Dan O'Leary to provide Notre Dame with solid pairing at the tight end position. Listed as first-team preseason All-America tight end for '99 by Lindy's - and was rated seventh nationally among tight ends in '99 preseason position evaluations by The Sporting News. Selected to play in 2001 Delchamps Senior Bowl All-Star Game.
• TE DAN O'LEARY - Led all 2000 Notre Dame receivers in playing time and caught 10 passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. Developed into a consistently solid blocker to go along with his impressive receiving skills.
• OG SCOTT KIERNAN - First-team All-Big East offensive guard.
• TE ROLAND WILLIAMS - Started every game as a senior for the Orange in 2000, catching eight passes for 132 yards (16.5 avg.) and one touchdown. Played on Syracuse's special teams. Williams recorded a career-high 13 catches for 140 yards (10.8 avg.) and five touchdowns.
NFL PLAYERS COACHED (Round Drafted)
TE Kaseem Sinceno (FA) - Syracuse '98 - Philadelphia Eagles
TE Roland Williams (4th) - Syracuse '98 - St. Louis Rams
OL Scott Kiernan (FA) - Syracuse '99 - New York Giants
OT Mark Baniewicz (7th) - Syracuse '00 - Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Jabari Holloway (4th) - Notre Dame '01- New England Patriots
TE Dan O'Leary (6th) - Notre Dame '01 - Buffalo Bills
OG P.J. Alexander (FA) - Syracuse '02 - Denver Broncos
TE John Owens (5th) - Notre Dame '02 - Detroit Lions
OG Kurt Vollers (FA) - Notre Dame '02 - Indianapolis Colts
OT Jordan Black (5th) - Notre Dame '03 - Kansas City Chiefs
OT Brennan Curtin (6th) - Notre Dame '03 - Green Bay Packers
C Jeff Faine (1st) - Notre Dame '03 - Cleveland Browns
OT Enoch DeMar (FA) - Indiana '03 - Cleveland Browns
OG Sean Mahan (5th) - Notre Dame '03 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT Jim Molinaro (7th) - Notre Dame '04 - Washington Redskins
WR Courtney Roby (3rd) - Indiana '05 - Tennessee Titans
OT Randy Hand (FA) - Florida '06 - New England Patriots
OT Isaac Sowells (4th) - Indiana '06 - Cleveland Browns
OT Tavares Washington (FA) - Florida '06 - San Francisco 49ers
C Drew Miller (FA) - Florida '08 - Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Carlton Medder (FA) - Florida '08 - Arizona Cardinals
QB Tim Tebow (1st) - Florida ’09 - Denver Broncos
C Maurkice Pouncey (1st) - Florida ‘09 - Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Phil Trautwein (FA) - Florida '09 - St. Louis Rams
OT Jason Watkins (FA) - Florida '09 - Houston Texans
C Mike Pouncey (1st) - Florida ’10 - Miami Dolphins
OT Marcus Gilbert (2nd) - Florida ’11 - Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Maurice Hurt (7th) - Florida ’11 - Washington Redskins