Paul Pasqualoni

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Paul Pasqualoni
Paul Pasqualoni.jpg
Pasqualoni with the Dolphins in 2009
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleDefensive Line Coach
TeamChicago Bears
Biographical details
Born(1949-08-16) August 16, 1949 (age 64)
Cheshire, Connecticut
Playing career
1968–1971Penn State
Position(s)Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1975
1976–1979
1980–1981
1982–1986
1987–1990
1991–2004
2005
2006–2007
2008–2009
2010
2011–2013
2014–present
Cheshire HS (asst.)
S. Connecticut State (asst.)
S. Connecticut State (DC)
W. Connecticut State
Syracuse (LB)
Syracuse
Dallas Cowboys (TE)
Dallas Cowboys (LB)
Miami Dolphins (DC)
Dallas Cowboys (DC/DL)
Connecticut
Chicago Bears (DL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1982–1986W. Connecticut State
Head coaching record
Overall151–94–1
Bowls6–3
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 New England Football Conference (1985)
4 Big East (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
Awards
ECAC Coach of the Year, Div. I-A (1992, 1995)
ECAC/Vince Lombardi Foundation Coach of the Year (1996)
 
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Paul Pasqualoni
Paul Pasqualoni.jpg
Pasqualoni with the Dolphins in 2009
Sport(s)Football
Current position
TitleDefensive Line Coach
TeamChicago Bears
Biographical details
Born(1949-08-16) August 16, 1949 (age 64)
Cheshire, Connecticut
Playing career
1968–1971Penn State
Position(s)Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1975
1976–1979
1980–1981
1982–1986
1987–1990
1991–2004
2005
2006–2007
2008–2009
2010
2011–2013
2014–present
Cheshire HS (asst.)
S. Connecticut State (asst.)
S. Connecticut State (DC)
W. Connecticut State
Syracuse (LB)
Syracuse
Dallas Cowboys (TE)
Dallas Cowboys (LB)
Miami Dolphins (DC)
Dallas Cowboys (DC/DL)
Connecticut
Chicago Bears (DL)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1982–1986W. Connecticut State
Head coaching record
Overall151–94–1
Bowls6–3
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 New England Football Conference (1985)
4 Big East (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004)
Awards
ECAC Coach of the Year, Div. I-A (1992, 1995)
ECAC/Vince Lombardi Foundation Coach of the Year (1996)

Paul Pasqualoni (born August 16, 1949) is an American football coach who is currently the Defensive Line Coach for the Chicago Bears. He is a former head coach for the University of Connecticut football team.[1][2]

Pasqualoni has served as the defensive coordinator of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, and as the defensive line coach and interim defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. He is perhaps most notable, however, as the former head coach of the Syracuse University football team from 1991 to 2004.

Early life[edit]

A native of Cheshire, Connecticut, Pasqualoni attended Cheshire High School, where he lettered in football and basketball.[2] Following graduation, he continued to Bordentown Military Institute, also lettering on the football squad, and graduating in 1968. Pasqualoni then enrolled at Penn State, where he was a walk-on and subsequent letterman, as a linebacker under head coach Joe Paterno. In 1972, he received a B.S in health and physical education, then finished his education at Southern Connecticut State, receiving a M.S. in physical education and human performance.

Pasqualoni began his coaching career in 1972, while a graduate student at Southern Connecticut, as an assistant at his alma mater, Cheshire High School, where he remained for four seasons. After completing his master's degree, he was hired in 1976 as an assistant at Southern Connecticut by then-head coach, and future Syracuse assistant under both Dick MacPherson and George DeLeone. Pasqualoni was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1980, a position which he held for two seasons.[3]

In 1982, Pasqualoni was hired away from Southern by in-state rival Western Connecticut, as its head coach and athletic director. In five seasons with the Colonials, he amassed a 34–17 record, and coached the team to a 1985 New England Football Conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs.[3]

Syracuse University[edit]

Pasqualoni was an assistant at Syracuse from 1987 until 1991, when he was promoted to head coach after the position was vacated by Dick MacPherson, who left for the NFL to coach the New England Patriots. The Orange (then known as the Orangemen) enjoyed a number of successful years with Pasqualoni at the helm. The team won the Fiesta Bowl over Colorado in 1992 and defeated Clemson 41–0 in Gator Bowl in 1995, Donovan McNabb's freshman year. The team had a 6–3 record in bowl games under Pasqualoni. Pasqualoni's 14-year record with Syracuse was 107–59–1. His only losing season was in 2002 with a 4–8 record. Most seasons of his tenure saw Syracuse competing in the Top 25 in the country.

While coach of the Orangemen, Pasqualoni's roots in Connecticut led him to recruit many star players from Connecticut high schools, including Bloomfield's Dwight Freeney, New Britain's Tebucky Jones and the McIntosh brothers from Cheshire High School.

At the conclusion of the 2004 season the team lost the Champs Sports Bowl 51–14. New athletic director Daryl Gross fired Pasqualoni on December 29, 2004, despite the fact that Syracuse's president, Nancy Cantor, publicly stated that Pasqualoni would be on the sidelines the next season.[4] He was replaced by Greg Robinson, who had been serving as the defensive coordinator at the University of Texas. During the 2005 season, the first season in 14 years without Pasqualoni leading the team, the Orange football team posted a record of 1–10, the worst record in the 117-year history of Syracuse University football.

University of Connecticut[edit]

On January 13, 2011, Pasqualoni was named to lead the University of Connecticut football program, two weeks after former coach Randy Edsall left for the University of Maryland. He was dismissed as coach of the Huskies on September 30, 2013 in the midst of his 3rd season.[5]

NFL[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Before becoming linebackers coach in 2005, Pasqualoni served as the Cowboys' coach of tight ends for the 2005 season, where he is credited for the continued development of Jason Witten leading to his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2006, Pasqualoni became the coach of the linebackers, being influential in Demarcus Ware's success in that position. On November 8, 2010, Pasqualoni was promoted to interim defensive coordinator resulting from the firing of Wade Phillips, as Phillips served as both head coach and defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.[6]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

Pasqualoni (right) with Miami Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor in 2009.

Pasqualoni was named defensive coordinator of Miami Dolphins January 22, 2008.

Pasqualoni was fired by the Miami Dolphins on January 11, 2010.[7] He was subsequently hired as the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On January 16, 2014, Pasqualoni became the Chicago Bears new defensive line coach.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Western Connecticut State Colonials (New England Football Conference) (1982–1985)
1982Western Connecticut State2–72–7
1983Western Connecticut State7–36–3
1984Western Connecticut State9–18–1
1985Western Connecticut State10–28–1T–1stL NCAA Division III First Round
Western Connecticut State Colonials (NCAA Division II Independent) (1986)
1986Western Connecticut State6–4
Western Connecticut State:34–1724–12
Syracuse Orange (Big East) (1991–2004)
1991Syracuse10–25–0W Hall of Fame1111
1992Syracuse10–26–1W Fiesta76
1993Syracuse6–4–13–45th
1994Syracuse7–44–3T–3rd
1995Syracuse9–35–23rdW Gator1619
1996Syracuse9–36–1T–1stW Liberty1921
1997Syracuse9–46–11stL Fiesta2021
1998Syracuse8–46–11stL Orange2425
1999Syracuse7–53–4T–3rdW Music City
2000Syracuse6–54–3T–3rd
2001Syracuse10–36–12ndW Insight.com1414
2002Syracuse4–82–5T–6th
2003Syracuse6–62–5T–6th
2004Syracuse6–64–2T–1stL Champs Sports
Syracuse:107–59–173–34‡ The Big East did not begin full round–robin play until 1993
Connecticut Huskies (Big East Conference) (2011–2012)
2011Connecticut5–73–46th
2012Connecticut5–72–5T–6th
Connecticut Huskies (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013Connecticut0–40–0
Connecticut:10–185–9
Total:151–94–1[8]
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Personal life[edit]

Pasqualoni is married to the former Jill Fleischman, whom he met while coaching at Syracuse University. Together, they have two sons, Dante Paul and Tito Lucian, and a daughter, Cami Mae.[2] He is also the author, with Jim McLaughlin, of the book Coaching Youth Football, ISBN 0-07-137219-9.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big East experience tie-breaker for Pasqualoni Boston Globe. Published 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c Paul Pasqualoni Named UConn Head Football Coach UConnHuskies.com. Published 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  3. ^ a b Syracuse University Athletics – Paul Pasqualoni SUAthletics.com. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  4. ^ "Coach coming back for 15th year" Associated Press via espn.com December 6, 2004
  5. ^ Hinnen, Jerry (30 September 2013). "UConn fires head coach Paul Pasqualoni". CBS Sports. 
  6. ^ a b Wright, Michael C. (January 22, 2014). "Chicago Bears fill coaching vacancies". ESPN. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2010/01/11/defensive-coordinator-paul-pasqualoni-has-been-fired/
  8. ^ David DeLassus, Head Coaching Record: Paul Pasqualoni, College Football Data Warehouse, August 6, 2010.
  9. ^ Coaching Youth Football (Baffled Parent's Guides) [Paperback] Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-01-13.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dom Capers
Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Mike Nolan
Preceded by
Wade Phillips
Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator
2010
Succeeded by
Rob Ryan