Pat Narduzzi will serve as University of Cincinnati head football coach in an interim capacity, guiding the Bearcats through their preparations for their postseason bowl appearance.
Narduzzi has played a key role in the team's success this year and over the past three seasons in his role as defensive coordinator. The UC defense has been ranked among the upper quarter in the nation in stopping the run and is 36th in both total defense and scoring defense.
Narduzzi's defensive units reflect their coach's energetic style, featuring an attacking style of play. UC is ranked 21st nationally in tackles for loss. The Bearcats' defense scored the first nine points in the 23-6 win over USF on a safety and a fumble return for a touchdown. DeAngelo Smith's 84-yard interception return for a score provided a major momentum switch in the eventual 30-11 upset of No. 7 Rutgers.
Throughout his 17 seasons as a college coach, Narduzzi has made a habit out of coaching championship-caliber defenses.
Upon becoming Cincinnati's defensive coordinator in 2004, Narduzzi constructed the defense which led the Bearcats to a runner-up finish in Conference USA and a championship in the Fort Worth Bowl. UC was ranked No. 49 in total defense in 2004, 37th against the pass. Three Bearcat defenders from that team, Trent Cole, Tyjuan Hagler and Daven Holly, were taken in the NFL Draft, while six others earned all-league recognition.
UC's 2005 defense had as many as five first-year freshmen starters, and Narduzzi helped groom two of them, Mike Mickens and Corey Smith, for second team All-BIG EAST and third team Freshman All-American honors.
Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Narduzzi was the architect of the Miami (Ohio) unit in 2003 which helped the RedHawks to a No. 10 finish in the national polls, a Mid-American Conference championship and a win over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl. Miami was ranked first in the MAC in four defensive categories and ranked No. 24 nationally in total defense.
Narduzzi previously helped Northern Illinois to a pair of MAC divisional titles during his three seasons there (2000-02) as linebackers coach. In 2002, the Huskies had the league's stingiest defense against the run and were ranked No. 39 nationally in scoring defense.
Narduzzi, who has compiled 16 seasons of coaching experience, launched his career at Miami in 1990, serving two seasons as a graduate assistant and tutoring the receivers in 1992.
In 1993, he began a seven-year tenure at Rhode Island. In his very first season as defensive coordinator, he turned around the Rams, who had finished last in the Atlantic 10 Conference in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense the preceding year to No. 2 in all three categories.
A Youngstown, Ohio native, Narduzzi earned all-state football honors at Ursuline High. He played for his father, Bill Narduzzi, at Youngstown State, as a freshman and led the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles. He transferred to Rhode Island and became a three-year starter at linebacker. Narduzzi completed his bachelor's at Rhode Island in 1990 and his master's at Miami in 1992.