Football Coaching Staff
Greg Gattuso
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Penn State
Graduating Year: 1983
Phone: (518) 442-3052
Email: ggattuso@albany.edu
Greg Gattuso enters his third season at the helm of the UAlbany football program in 2016.

With a 7-5 overall record and 3-5 mark in the CAA, Gattuso led the Great Danes to a six-win turnaround in his inaugural season in 2014. Going undefeated in non-conference play while opening the season with four straight victories, the Great Danes received votes in the national polls for 10 consecutive weeks. UAlbany appeared in The Sports Network Top-25 for four weeks, ranking as high as No. 23.

Enforcing discipline and care of the football, UAlbany led the nation in turnover margin (1.25) as well as fumble recoveries (20), while quarterback Will Fiacchi became UAlbany’s all-time leading passer with 7,150 career yards and broke the program’s single-season passing record with 2,636 yards.

Marking the University’s second season as an associate member of the CAA, Gattuso led the Danes to the program’s first three CAA wins, overcoming Rhode Island, Maine, and Stony Brook.

Under Gattuso’s direction, UAlbany had a group of seven players who were honored by the CAA. Running back Omar Osbourne was named to the second team, while tight end Brian Parker, offensive lineman Kevin Malloy, place kicker Patrick Toole, and linebacker Michael Nicastro were all named to the CAA’s third team. In addition, wide receiver Jake Meek was the recipient of the Chuck Boone Leadership Award.

In 2015, the Danes earned CAA victories over Rhode Island and perennial power Delaware, and had three earn all-conference accolades. As a redshirt freshman, Julian Cox was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the third team along with Kevin Malloy and Samuel Gray.

Greg Gattuso, a former head coach at Duquesne University and assistant head coach at both Pittsburgh and Maryland, was named the University at Albany’s head football coach in December of 2013. Gattuso became the second football coach in the program’s 41-varsity season history, taking the reins from program architect Bob Ford.

Throughout both his playing and coaching career, Gattuso boasts a long history of exceptional success. As a defensive lineman at Penn State, Gattuso helped lead the Nittany Lions to a national title in 1982. In his first collegiate head-coaching role, Gattuso piloted Duquesne to a 97-32 record during his 12-season tenure, and while making three bowl appearances at Pittsburgh, he turned the defensive line into one of the best in the nation as an assistant head coach and hauled in a top-10 recruiting class.

Gattuso came to UAlbany after spending three seasons as a member Randy Edsall’s University of Maryland coaching staff. There, he led the defensive line that ranked among the top in the ACC and was promoted to the position of assistant head coach in February 2012.

During his tenure with the Terrapins, Gattuso developed current New England Patriot Joe Vellano into an NFL-ready defensive lineman, as Vellano earned All-America and All-ACC honors. In addition, Gattuso tutored All-ACC defensive lineman A.J. Francis, who signed with the Miami Dolphins at the conclusion of his collegiate career.

Prior to Maryland, Gattuso spent six seasons at Pittsburgh (2005-10) where he turned the Panthers’ defensive line into one of the team’s major strengths. The line was one of the top sack producers in the nation, as Brandon Lindsey (10.0) and Jabaal Sheard (9.0) both ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks during the 2010 regular season and Pittsburgh led the nation in that category in 2009 (3.6 per game). Gattuso developed three Big East Defensive Player of the Year winners, as Sheard received the honor in 2010, and defensive linemen Greg Romeus and Mick Williams shared the award in 2009.

Gattuso initially joined the Pitt staff as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2005. In his first season, he helped the Panthers sign a recruiting class rated 10th in the nation by Scout.com, 16th by ESPN.com and 21st by Rivals.com. He began coaching the defensive line in 2006 and was promoted to assistant head coach in 2008. Scout.com named Gattuso the Big East Recruiter of the Year in 2007. During his tenure, The Panthers logged a 26-12 overall record, a 15-6 mark in the Big East, and appeared in three bowl games.

Before Pitt, Gattuso had a successful 12-year stint (1993-2004) as head coach at Duquesne University where he built the Dukes into one of the most elite I-AA football programs in the nation. The winningest coach in school history, the Dukes went 97-32 (.752) under his direction, won eight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles, made five bowl appearances, and captured the 2003 Mid-Major Division I-AA national championship.

The Western Pennsylvania native was twice named the national Mid-Major I-AA Coach of the Year and was a seven-time MAAC Coach of the Year. The Dukes dominated the conference during his tenure, going 66-7 (.904) in league play, including a 33-game winning streak.

Gattuso was an assistant coach at Duquesne in 1992 before taking over the head coaching post the following year.

From 1989-1991, he served as head coach at his high school alma mater, Seton-LaSalle. Taking over a team that went 6-34 during the four seasons prior to his arrival, Gattuso led the Rebels to a 28-10-1 mark (.731), including three WPIAL playoff berths, a WPIAL championship and Parkway Conference title.

During his playing career, Gattuso was named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Class AA Player of the Year his senior season at Seton-LaSalle and was a two-time All-East defensive lineman at Penn State. He was a member of the Lions’ 1982 national title team and graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in administration and criminal justice.

Gattuso and his wife Colleen have two daughters, Jacqueline (28) and Kaitlin (23).

The Gattuso File

Personal
Date of Birth: May 18, 1962
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alma Mater: Penn State ‘83
Pronunciation: ga-TWO-so

Coaching Experience
University at Albany
2014: Head Coach

University of Maryland
2012-13: Defensive Line/Asst. Head Coach
2011: Defensive Line

University of Pittsburgh
2008-10: Defensive Line/Asst. Head Coach
2006-07: Defensive Line
2005-06: Tight Ends/Recruiting Coord.

Duquesne University
1993-2004: Head Coach
1992: Assistant Coach
1987: Assistant Coach

Seton La Salle (Pa.) High School
1989-1991: Head Coach
1985: Junior Varsity Coach

Center Township (Pa.) High School
1986: Defensive Coordinator

Penn State University
1984: Graduate Assistant

Playing Experience
Penn State University
1980-83: Defensive Lineman
1982: National Champion