|Position:||Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach|
Keith Dudzinski, who enters his third season with the program in 2018, is the Great Danes' Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator.
He had spent his first two seasons with UAlbany as Assistant Head Coach/Safeties, helping oversee a defense in 2017 that ranked No. 9 in the Football Championship Subdivision and second in the Colonial Athletic Association with just 282.1 yards allowed per game.
With over two decades of coaching experience, Dudzinski came to UAlbany after five seasons at Maryland. There, he worked with the inside linebackers and was the defensive coordinator in 2015.
Prior to Maryland, Dudzinski had two stints at UMass Amherst, including seven years as the defensive coordinator. The Minutemen finished among the top-20 in total defense three times (third in 2005; 20th in 2006; 13th in 2007) and the Minutemen were also first nationally in scoring defense in 2005 and fifth in 2006.
Dudzinski spent two seasons (2002-03) as linebackers coach at Northeastern, including defensive coordinator his final year. During the 2002 season, the Huskies allowed opponents only 299.3 total yards and 16.0 points per game. During the 2002 campaign, Dudzinski helped lead Northeastern to a record of 10-3, a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference title and the school's first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) Playoffs.
During his first stint as an assistant coach at UMass, Dudzinski served in a variety of roles on the defensive side of the ball. He coached the secondary in 2001, the linebackers in 1999 and 2000, and the defensive line in 1998. He also oversaw the special teams his final three seasons.
Dudzinski first joined the UMass staff after spending four years at Brown as the defensive line coach for the Bears. Dudzinski helped the Brown defense hold opponents to just 194 total points during the 1997 season (19.4 points per game) -- the fewest number of points allowed by the school in 10 years.
Prior to coming to Brown, Dudzinski was a defensive assistant at New Haven for three years (1991-93), working with the outside linebackers. He has also worked as an assistant coach at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, Conn., and St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, Conn.
Dudzinski is a 1991 graduate of the University of New Haven, where he was an All-New England linebacker and team captain as a senior. He and his wife, Kathy, have one son, Jack who plays football for UAlbany, and two daughters, Mary Kathryn and Elizabeth.