Nick Aliotti: The Best Defensive Coordinator in the Nation

Nick Aliotto

Kirby Lee – USA Today Sports

For the past decade and a half, Nick Aliotti has headed Oregons defense, making it into one of the best in the nation.

Oregon is coming off an impressive season, where they were fifth in the nation in quarterback sacks (averaging 3.21 a game) and ranked 19th in the nation with total turnovers (29).

Aliotti is entering his 19th season and third stint with the Ducks, with 2013 potentially being the best defense that he’s ever had during his tenure.

He graduated from UC Davis in 1976, having played for the football team as a running back.

Then Aliotti came to the University of Oregon as a graduate assistant in 1978 en route to becoming the running backs coach at Oregon State from 1980-1983.

He then became the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Chico State in 1984. Aliotti didn’t make the move to the defensive side until 1988 when he became the outside linebackers coach for Oregon and was promoted to defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach for the next two seasons.

Aliotti then jumped to the NFL becoming the St. Louis Rams special teams coach from 1995-1997.

After his run at the NFL, Aliotti went back to the college ranks taking the defensive coordinator position at UCLA in 1998.

In 1999, he rejoined Oregon as the defensive coordinator and has held that same position ever since.

During his most recent tenure, he mentored players such as Dion Jordan, Josh Kaddu, Haloti Ngata, Jarius Byrd, Patrick Chung, T.J. Ward and Igor Olshansky in their journeys to the NFL.

This season has the makings to be the best that Aliotti has ever had in any of his three stints with the Ducks, but it maybe the youngest he’s ever had. So it is up to him to prove that he is as good as his resume says he is, making him one of the best defensive coordinators in the nation.

 

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