Pete Carroll
    Pete  Carroll

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    Energetic and charismatic ninth-year USC head football coach Pete Carroll has returned the Trojan football program to national prominence.
    He is 96-19 (83.5%) in 9 years (2001-2008) as a college head coach (all at USC), the second best winning percentage of any current Division I coach with at least 5 years of experience. His 88 victories through 2008 tied Bob Pruett of Marshall for most by a Division I coach in their first 8 seasons since 1900 (Penn's George Woodruff had 102 before then). He reached 50 career USC wins faster than any head coach in Trojan history. After starting off his Trojan career 2-5, he has gone 94-14 (87.0%) with a pair of national championships (2003-04). He is 62-14 in Pac-10 games, giving him an 81.6% winning mark (a league record). His 62 Pac-10 wins­the most of any active Pac-10 coach­are ninth most in league history (it's more victories than any other league coach with just 9 years tenure, as the coaches above him on the win ladder have at least 12 years of experience). He has 35 victories over AP Top 25 teams (35-9 overall, 79.5%). From 2002 to 2008, his teams won an unprecedented 7 consecutive Pac-10 titles, appeared in an NCAA-record 7 consecutive BCS bowls (including a pair of BCS Championship Games), recorded at least 11 victories in each of those 7 seasons (an NCAA record) and finished ranked in the AP Top 4 in each of those 7 seasons. USC's 13, 25, 37, 48, 59, 71, 82, 88 and 96 wins during 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8- and 9-year spans under Carroll represent the winningest periods in Trojan history. He is 6-2 in bowl games, including 6-1 in BCS games.
    Under Carroll, USC is riding winning streaks of 31 home night games, 15 non-conference games, 14 non-conference home games and 11 non-conference road games (not including 7 neutral site contests). His USC teams also had a number of other since-broken winning streaks: a Pac-10 record 35 consecutive home games (and another of 12 in a row), Pac-10-record 34 overall games, 28 November games, a Pac-10-record 27 Pac-10 games, a Pac-10 record 24 consecutive league home games (and another of 9 in a row), a school-record 18 road games (not including 4 neutral site contests), 18 October games, 16 non-conference games, 16 games against AP Top 25 teams (and another of 10 in a row), 15 September games and a school-record 13 Pac-10 road games. His Trojans also set a no-longer-active NCAA record by scoring at least 20 points in 63 consecutive games. USC was AP's No. 1 team for a national-record 33 straight polls (including 2 pre-season polls) and was ranked in the AP Top 10 for a school-record 63 consecutive games. His teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 for 102 consecutive games, a school record. He is 29-1 in November (he won his first 28 November games). He has gone 16-2 against traditional rivals Notre Dame and UCLA.
    Also under Carroll, USC is the first school to have 3 Heisman Trophy winners in a 4-year span. He has also coached winners of the Walter Camp, Chuck Bednarik, Johnny Unitas, Doak Walker and John Mackey Awards. Carroll has produced 34 All-American first teamers and 53 NFL draft picks (including 14 first rounders, with a No. 1 selection in Carson Palmer and a No. 2 in Reggie Bush). His USC program had the nation's most draftees in 2006, 2008 and 2009. His last 7 recruiting classes have been ranked in the Top 10 nationally (including first 5 times by some experts). In 2009, he was named Coach of the Decade by Lindy's. He also served as USC's defensive coordinator in his first 5 seasons at Troy.
    For the first time since 2001, his young, rebuilding, injury-plagued 2009 USC team had an up-and-down season, going 8-4 overall and tying for fifth in the Pac-10 at 5-4 to earn an Emerald Bowl berth. The Trojans beat 3 of the 4 ranked teams they played (Ohio State, California and Notre Dame, all on the road) and swept traditional rivals Notre Dame and UCLA. USC's defense was in the Top 25 nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Safety Taylor Mays was an All-American first team pick. He was a finalist for the 2009 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.
    USC posted an 12-1 record in 2008 and for a record seventh consecutive year won a Pac-10 title (going 8-1), advanced to a BCS bowl (a fourth consecutive Rose Bowl) and won 12 games. Troy beat Penn State, 38-24, to become the first team to win 3 straight Rose Bowls. In the polls, the Trojans finished ranked second by USA Today and third by AP. Included was a sweep over rivals Notre Dame (the seventh in a row) and UCLA. USC ranked in the Top 20 in almost every national offensive and defensive statistical category, including first in scoring defense (at 9.8, its finest in 41 years), pass defense (at 134.4, its best in 31 years) and pass efficiency defense and second in total defense (at 221.8, its best in 41 years). USC surrendered just 14 touchdowns in 2008. Linebackers Rey Maualuga (the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and USC's first-ever Bednarik Award winner) and Brian Cushing and safety Taylor Mays were named All-American first teamers. Carroll was among 9 finalists for the 2008 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. In the 2008 pre-season, he was picked as the nation's top head coach by
    In an injury-riddled 2007 season, USC went 11-2 and finished second in the USA Today poll and third in the AP poll (it held the AP No. 1 ranking for the season's first 4 games) for its sixth AP Top 4 ranking in a row, was 7-2 in the Pac-10 to share an unprecedented sixth consecutive league crown and advanced to a third straight Rose Bowl (and record sixth BCS bowl in a row), its fourth trip to Pasadena in 5 years (its 49-17 win over Illinois equaled the most points ever in a Rose Bowl). Troy swept traditional rivals UCLA (giving Carroll his 75th Trojan victory) and, for the sixth straight year, Notre Dame. USC's defense was in the top 6 nationally in total, scoring, rushing and pass efficiency defense (second in the first 2). Troy broke the school record for overall attendance and overall average attendance in 2007. Five Trojans­offensive tackle Sam Baker, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, tight end Fred Davis, linebacker Keith Rivers and safety Taylor Mays­were named All-American first teamers (Baker became USC's third-ever 3-time All-American, while Ellis was an All-American for the second year in a row and was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Davis won the 2007 Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end).
    In 2006 in what was considered a rebuilding year after losing a pair of Heisman winners and 11 NFL draftees from 2005, USC went 11-2, finished No. 4 in the final polls and shared the Pac-10 title at 7-2 to capture an unprecedented fifth straight league crown. Troy did this despite starting just 4 seniors, playing 15 first-year freshmen and facing what was the nation's second toughest schedule according to the Sagarin rating (USC played 9 bowl teams). The Trojans beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl and came within a regular season-ending 4-point loss at UCLA to advancing to a third consecutive BCS Championship Game. USC was ranked in the AP Top 10 all season and beat rival Notre Dame for the fifth year in a row. The Trojans were in the national Top 25 statistically in scoring, total and passing offense, as well as rushing, pass efficiency, total and scoring defense. USC broke its Pac-10 record home average attendance record for the fourth consecutive year and its Pac-10 record home total attendance record for the second straight season, plus it set the school record for the third straight year for home sellouts (6), regular season sellouts (10) and season sellouts (11). Five Trojans­wide receivers Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith, offensive tackle Sam Baker, center Ryan Kalil and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis­were All-American first teamers (Jarrett and Baker for the second year in a row). Carroll was named the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year (for the third time) and was 1 of 15 semifinalists for the 2006 George Munger Coach of the Year Award.
    In 2005, his Trojans held AP's No. 1 ranking for the entire regular season. USC went 12-1 overall (while facing 6 AP Top 25 teams) to advance to the BCS Championship Game in the Rose Bowl, where it barely fell to Texas, and 8-0 in the Pac-10 to win its fourth straight league title. The Trojans, who finished second in both polls, played the nation's ninth most difficult schedule according to the NCAA. USC swept rivals Notre Dame and UCLA for an unprecedented fourth season in a row. Troy's offense was in the national Top 6 in every offensive category, including tops in total offense (579.8) and second in scoring offense (49.1), and set Pac-10 records for total offense yardage, points scored, touchdowns and PATs. The Trojans won games by an average of 26.2 points. USC became the first school to have a 3,000-yard passer, a pair of 1,000-yard runners and a 1,000-yard receiver in a season. And USC was second nationally in turnover margin (+1.6). For the third consecutive year, USC set Pac-10 records for total home attendance and home attendance average and school marks for overall attendance and overall attendance average. The Trojans also set school standards for the second straight year for home sellouts (4), regular season sellouts (9) and season sellouts (10). For the second consecutive year, a school-record 6 Trojans were All-American first teamers, including Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush. Carroll was the 2005 Playboy Pre-Season All-American team Coach of the Year and was named by The Sporting News as the top coach in the nation. He received the United States Sports Academy Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award. He was the 2005 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year, as well as the American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Region 5 Coach of the Year. He was 1 of 5 finalists for the 2005 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, 1 of 6 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award and 1 of 12 semifinalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award.
    In 2004, he guided No. 1-ranked USC to its second consecutive national championship with a convincing win over Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game in the Orange Bowl. USC became only the second team ever to hold its AP pre-season No. 1 ranking all the way through a season. It was only the 10th time that a team won back-to-back AP crowns. His team was 13-0 (a school record for wins) and went 8-0 in the Pac-10. He also led the Trojans to their third consecutive Pac-10 title and their third straight season sweep of traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame (a first at Troy). Troy was in the national Top 10 in every defensive statistical category (its total defense average was USC's lowest in 15 years), including first in rushing defense (for the second year in a row) and turnover margin and third in scoring defense. USC outscored opponents by 25.2 points (including a school-record 8 games with a margin of at least 30 points). USC played before 3 home sellouts, 7 regular-season sellouts and 8 season sellouts, all school marks. And Troy set a USC and Pac-10 record for home attendance average, as well as school records for total home attendance, overall attendance average and total overall attendance. A school-record 6 Trojans (Heisman Trophy quarterback Matt Leinart, tailback Reggie Bush, defensive linemen Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson, and linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu) were named All-American first teamers. Carroll was the 2004 National Quarterback Club College Coach of the Year and a finalist for the 2004 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award and the ESPY Best Coach of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award. He was the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
    The 2003 season-his third at Troy-was one of the best in USC history. The Trojans won the AP national championship (USC's first national crown since 1978) and entered the Rose Bowl also ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN poll but weren't allowed to keep the top spot after winning that bowl because of a contractual agreement which required the coaches to vote the Sugar Bowl winner as their poll's champion (USC ended up second). USC was 12-1 overall (the only loss was by 3 points at California in triple overtime) and, at 7-1 in the Pac-10. Troy won its second consecutive league title for the first time since 1988-89 (and its first outright crown since 1989). His Trojans won their last 9 games and posted back-to-back seasons of double digit wins for the first time since 1978 and 1979. For just the second time in history (the other time also was 1978 and 1979), USC swept traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame in consecutive years. His 2003 squad featured a potent offense, a stingy defense and productive special teams. USC had a stretch of 11 consecutive 30-point games (also a school mark) and 7 straight 40-point contests (a Pac-10 record). USC's 534 points was a Pac-10 record. The defense led the nation in rushing defense and was second in turnover margin, forced 42 turnovers and scored 8 touchdowns. And the Trojans topped the nation in net punting. Five Trojans-wide receiver Mike Williams, offensive tackle Jacob Rogers, defensive end Kenechi Udeze, punter Tom Malone and quarterback Matt Leinart-were first team All-Americans (Leinart and Williams finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the Heisman Trophy voting).
    For all this, Carroll was named the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Coach of the Year, Home Depot National Coach of the Year, Maxwell Club College Coach of the Year, National Coach of the Year, Pigskin Club of Washington D.C. Coach of the Year and All-American Football Foundation Frank Leahy Co-Coach of the Year. He also was the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year (USC's first honoree since Larry Smith in 1988), a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year, 1 of 6 semifinalists for the Eddie Robinson/Football Writers Association of America Coach of the Year and American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Region 5 Coach of the Year. In early 2004, he received the Chuck Benedict Founders Award (for special achievement) from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association, the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation Sportsman of the Year Award, the Spirit of Los Angeles Award from the Los Angeles Headquarters Association and the Vincent T. Lombardi Hall of Fame Award from the Boy Scouts of America San Gabriel Valley Council.
    In 2002, just his second season at USC, his Trojans thrived despite playing what was ranked by the NCAA, Sagarin and the BCS as the nation's most difficult schedule (facing 9 AP-ranked teams and 11 bowl squads). USC­which beat Iowa in the Orange Bowl­posted an 11-2 overall record and a No. 4 ranking in the final polls, and won the Pac-10 championship while going 7-1. The Trojans also won their last 9 home games. It was USC's first 11-win season since 1979 and its highest ranking since 1988. Troy won its final 8 games (scoring at least 30 points in each), including blowouts of traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame (the first time USC beat both in the same season since 1981 and the first time in back-to-back games since 1978). USC led the Pac-10 in total offense (449.3) and total defense (284.9), as well as scoring offense (35.8) and scoring defense (18.5), and was in the NCAA's Top 25 in nearly every team statistical category on both sides of the ball. Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Troy Polamalu were first team All-Americans. Carroll was 1 of 8 finalists for the 2002 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award and was 1 of 4 runners-up for the 2002 American Football Monthly Schutt Sports Division I-A Coach of the Year Award.
    Carroll brought big doses of experience, enthusiasm and leadership in his quest to revive the USC football program when he was named the Trojans' head football coach on Dec. 15, 2000 (he signed a 5-year contract). After USC started off his opening 2001 season slowly at 1-4, Carroll stayed the course and got his troops to rally by winning 5 of their last 7 games (including the final 4 regular season contests) to finish at 6-6 overall. USC, which won its last 5 Pac-10 games after beginning league play at 0-3, placed fifth in the conference at 5-3 and earned a berth into the Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl. Putting an exclamation point on the regular season was a 27-0 blanking of No. 20 UCLA, USC's first shutout in the crosstown rivalry since 1947 and the series' biggest margin of victory since 1979.
    The 58-year-old Carroll has 35 years of NFL and college experience, including 17 on the college level.
    He was the head coach of the NFL's New England Patriots for 3 seasons (1997-99) and New York Jets for 1 year (1994). He guided the Patriots into the playoffs in his first 2 seasons, winning the AFC Eastern Division title at 10-6 in 1997 and advancing to the second round of the playoffs, then posting a 9-7 regular season mark in 1998. His overall record in New England was 27-21 in the regular season (including 8-8 in 1999) and 1-2 in the playoffs. He owns the franchise's second-best winning percentage (54.9%).
    After serving as the Jets' defensive coordinator for 4 seasons (1990-93), he became the team's head coach the following season. His 1994 Jets went 6-10. Only 3 other Jets head coaches won more games in their rookie campaign.
    He spent the next 2 years (1995-96) as the defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers, who won the NFC Western Division title both seasons. The 49ers were 11-5 in the 1995 regular season when they had the NFL's top-ranked defense and then went 12-4 in 1996.
    Carroll began his coaching career at the college level, serving as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Pacific, for 3 years (1974-76), working with the wide receivers and secondary. He then spent a season as a graduate assistant working with the secondary at Arkansas (1977) under Lou Holtz as the Razorbacks won the 1978 Orange Bowl, and then a season each as an assistant in charge of the secondary at Iowa State (1978) under Earle Bruce (the Cyclones played in the 1978 Hall of Fame Bowl) and at Ohio State (1979) under Bruce. That Buckeye squad lost to USC in the 1980 Rose Bowl. He next spent 3 seasons (1980-82) as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at North Carolina State, then returned to Pacific in 1983 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
    He entered the NFL in 1984 as the defensive backs coach of the Buffalo Bills, then held a similar position with the Minnesota Vikings for 5 seasons (1985-89). The Vikings advanced to the playoffs his last 3 years there, getting to the NFC Championship game in 1987. The 1988 team was 11-5 in the regular season and the 1989 squad won the NFC Central Division crown with a 10-6 mark. His secondary averaged 25 interceptions a season and led the NFL in passing defense in 1989.
    Carroll spent the 2000 season as a consultant for pro and college teams, doing charitable work for the NFL and writing a column about pro football for
    Carroll was a 2-time (1971-72) All-Pacific Coast Conference free safety at Pacific and earned his bachelor's degree in 1973 in business administration. He received his secondary teaching credential and a master's degree in physical education from Pacific in 1976. He was inducted into the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. After he graduated from Pacific, he spent a year trying out for the World Football League and selling roofing materials in the Bay Area.
    He was a 3-sport (football, basketball and baseball) standout at Redwood High in Larkspur, Calif., earning the school's Athlete of the Year award as a senior. He played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He was inducted into the inaugural Redwood High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
    He then played football at Marin Junior College in Kentfield, Calif., in 1970 (he also was on the team in 1969, but did not letter).
    He was born on Sept. 15, 1951 in San Francisco. He and his wife, Glena, who played volleyball at Pacific, have 3 children: sons Brennan, 30, who played tight end at Pittsburgh (he previously played at Delaware) and is now an assistant football coach at USC, and Nate, 22, a senior at USC, and daughter Jaime, 27, who played on the Women of Troy's highly-ranked volleyball team which competed in the 2000 NCAA Final Four. He also is the grandfather to Brennan's newborn son, Dillon.
    In 2003, he helped develop "A Better L.A.," a non-profit group consisting of a consortium of local agencies and organizations working to reduce gang violence by empowering change in individuals and communities. He received the Courageous Leadership Award from Women Against Gun Violence in 2005, as well as being named a Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular Honoree. In 2008, he was honored at the Summa Children's Foundation's "Night of Inspiration." In the fall of 2008, he helped organize "LA LivePeace 08," a march and rally at the Coliseum to promote gang intervention and non-violence in Los Angeles. In late 2008, he was named the coach on the Orange Bowl's 75th anniversary all-time team. In the spring of 2009, he received the Crystal Heart Award from the USC School of Social Work for his involvement with "A Better L.A." (the Pete Carroll Scholarship was established for students pursuing graduate study in the school). In late 2009, he received the Roy Firestone Award from the Westcoast Sports Associates for his work with "A Better L.A."


    1974PacificGraduate assistant/wide receivers6-5Chester Caddas
    1975PacificGraduate assistant/secondary5-6-1Chester Caddas
    1976PacificGraduate assistant/secondary2-9Chester Caddas
    1977ArkansasGraduate assistant/secondary11-1 (Orange)Lou Holtz
    1978Iowa StateSecondary coach8-4 (Hall of Fame)Earle Bruce
    1979Ohio StateSecondary coach11-1 (Rose)Earle Bruce
    1980North Carolina StateDefensive coordinator/secondary coach6-5Monte Kiffin
    1981North Carolina StateDefensive coordinator/secondary coach4-7 Monte Kiffin
    1982North Carolina StateDefensive coordinator/secondary coach6-5 Monte Kiffin
    1983PacificAsst. head coach/offensive coordinator3-9Bob Cope
    1984Buffalo BillsDefensive backs coach2-14Kay Stephenson
    1985Minnesota VikingsDefensive backs coach7-9Bud Grant
    1986Minnesota VikingsDefensive backs coach9-7Jerry Burns
    1987Minnesota VikingsDefensive backs coach8-7* (2-1)Jerry Burns
    1988Minnesota VikingsDefensive backs coach11-5* (1-1)Jerry Burns
    1989Minnesota VikingsDefensive backs coach10-6** (0-1)Jerry Burns
    1990New York JetsDefensive coordinator6-10Bruce Coslet
    1991New York JetsDefensive coordinator8-8* (0-1)Bruce Coslet
    1992New York JetsDefensive coordinator4-12Bruce Coslet
    1993New York JetsDefensive coordinator8-8Bruce Coslet
    1994New York JetsHead coach6-10-
    1995San Francisco 49ersDefensive coordinator11-5** (0-1)George Seifert
    1996San Francisco 49ersDefensive coordinator12-4** (1-1)George Seifert
    1997New England PatriotsHead coach10-6** (1-1)-
    1998New England PatriotsHead coach9-7* (0-1)-
    1999New England PatriotsHead coach8-8 -
    2001USCHead coach6-6 (Las Vegas)-
    2002USCHead coach11-2+ (Orange)-
    2003USCHead coach12-1+# (Rose)-
    2004USCHead coach13-0+# (Orange)-
    2005USCHead coach12-1+ (Rose)-
    2006USCHead coach11-2+ (Rose)-
    2007USCHead coach11-2+ (Rose)-
    2008USCHead coach12-1+ (Rose)-
    2009USCHead coach8-4 (Emerald)-
    USC CAREER96-19 (83.5%)
    *Advanced to playoffs
    **Division champions and advanced to playoffs
    +Pac-10 champions
    #Won national championship

    (Minimum five years as Division IA head coach; Record at four-year colleges only)

    1. Urban Meyer, Florida995180.841
    2. Pete Carroll, USC996190.835
    3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma11116290 .800
    4. Mark Richt, Georgia989270.767
    5. Gary Patterson, TCU1085270.759
    6. Joe Paterno, Penn State 443931293.751
    7. Bobby Bowden, Florida State443881294.749
    8. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame1917057 2.747
    9. Jim Tressel, Ohio State24228782.744
    10. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech13127452.738