February 26, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Steve Addazio, a member of the Syracuse football staff the last four seasons when he coached with recently-hired Irish offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, has joined Bob Davie’s Notre Dame football coaching.
Addazio will work with the Irish tight ends, assist with the offensive tackles – and also share duties with the Irish special teams.
The 39-year-old Waterbury, Conn., native coached the entire Orange offensive line in ’97 and ’98, after working with the Syracuse tight ends and assisting with the offensive line his first two years (1995-96). He took over all the Orange offensive line responsibilities beginning in ’97 after Syracuse assistant George DeLeone left to join the NFL San Diego Chargers staff.
Addazio’s offensive line helped Syracuse rank 10th nationally in rushing in ’98 (228.4 yards per game), third in scoring (42.5) and 22nd in total offense (430.), while leading the BIG EAST Conference in both rushing and scoring. In ’97, Syracuse led the conference in scoring (11th nationally at 35.3) and total offense (15th at 427.3) and ranked 23rd nationally in rushing at 201.4 per game. In ’98 he coached first-team all-BIG EAST guard Scott Kiernan.
Syracuse set school records for total offense in ’97 (5,127 yards) and scoring in ’98 (468 points) — while sharing the league title in ’96 and winning it outright in ’97 and ’98.
He helped Syracuse earn postseason bowl invitations each of his four seasons — including appearances in the Gator, Liberty, Fiesta and Orange Bowls each of the last four seasons. The Orange ended up in the final Associated Press top 25 each of his four seasons — 19th in ’95, 21st in both ’96 and ’97 and 25th in ’98.
Addazio spent seven previous seasons (1988-94) as head coach at Cheshire (Conn.) High School (alma mater of current Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni). At Cheshire, he coached Kyle McIntosh, who started at running back for the Orange in ’97 and ’98.
From 1984-87, Addazio served as an assistant at Western Connecticut State, the first three seasons under Pasqualoni. He worked as both offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Colonials to marks of 9-1 and 10-2 in his first two seasons, including a berth in the ’85 NCAA Division III playoffs. Western Connecticut State tied for the New England Football Conference title in ’84 and won it outright in ’85.
A 1981 graduate of Central Connecticut State with a degree in physical education, he was a four-year starter in football. He earned tryouts with the NFL New England Patriots, USFL Jacksonville Bulls and CFL Ottawa Roughriders.
Born June 1, 1959, he and his wife Kathleen are parents of three children — Nicole, Jessica and Louis.
The Steve Addazio Coaching File
Year School Assignment1984 Western Connecticut State (9-1) Offensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coord.1985 Western Connecticut State (10-2) Offensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coord.1986 Western Connecticut State (6-4) Offensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coord.1987 Western Connecticut State Offensive Coordinator, Recruiting Coord.
1988 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach1989 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach1990 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach1991 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach1992 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach1993 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach1994 Cheshire (Conn.) High School Head Coach 1995 Syracuse (9-3, Gator Bowl) Tight Ends, Assistant Offensive Line1996 Syracuse (9-3, Liberty Bowl) Tight Ends, Assistant Offensive Line1997 Syracuse (9-4, Fiesta Bowl) Offensive Line 1998 Syracuse (8-4, Orange Bowl) Offensive Line
The hiring of Addazio completes Bob Davie’s coaching staff for 1999, after the Irish filled four vacancies in the offseason based on the loss of four assistant coaches:
- Defensive line coach Charlie Strong to South Carolina as defensive coordinator.
- Offensive coordinator Jim Colletto to NFL Baltimore Ravens as offensive line coach.
- Quarterback coach Mike Sanford to NFL San Diego Chargers as receivers coach.
- Secondary coach Tom McMahon to Colorado as co-defensive coordinator.
Here’s the lineup of assistants for Notre Dame in 1999:
Name Assignment Year Came to ND From Kirk Doll Inside Linebackers 6th Texas A&MUrban Meyer Quarterbacks 4th Colorado StateGreg Mattison Defensive coordinator, defensive line 3rd MichiganDesmond Robinson Running backs 3rd West VirginiaDave Borbely Offensive line 2nd StanfordKevin Rogers Offensive coordinator, receivers 1st SyracuseLou West Secondary 1st Virginia TechJerry Rosburg Outside linebackers, special teams 1st Boston CollegeSteve Addazio Tight ends, special teams 1st Syracuse
In addition to the hiring of four new assistants, Urban Meyer takes over as Irish quarterback coach after three seasons working with the receivers – with new offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers set to coach the receivers beginning in ’99.