Beavers Hire Noel Mazzone To Complete Football Staff

March 5, 2002

CORVALLIS - Oregon State University has completed its football coaching staff with the addition of Noel Mazzone, 44, it was announced Tuesday by the Beavers' head football coach, Dennis Erickson.

Mazzone, who spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn University, will coach running backs and coordinate special teams for Oregon State, according to Erickson.

'I have known Noel for a number of years in the coaching profession,' said Erickson. 'He is one of the outstanding coaches in college football. He brings to us a tremendous knowledge in all aspects of the game.'

One of the things that attracted Mazzone to Erickson was his versatility.

'He has been a special teams coordinator, an offensive coordinator and has coached on defense,' said Erickson. 'He has coached in all areas of the country. He really adds strength to our coaching staff. Not only will be a big factor in special teams, but he will be a big factor for us on offense.'

With the addition of Mazzone to coach running backs and special teams, Erickson made one other move on the Beavers' football staff. Dan Cozzetto, who coached OSU's running backs the past two years, will now coach tight ends and assist Gregg Smith with the offensive line.

Before joining the Oregon State staff, Cozzetto was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Arizona State and California.

Mazzone is a 1980 graduate of New Mexico. Mazzone was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at quarterback for the Lobos and set numerous school records. He finished fifth in the nation in total offense in 1976 and was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection. He finished 11th in the nation in total offense in 1977.

Prior to joining the Auburn staff under Coach Tommy Tuberville in 1999, Mazzone spent five years (1994-98) as offensive coordinator and coaching the quarterbacks at Mississippi.

He coached quarterbacks at Minnesota from 1992-94 and held the same position at Texas Christian from 1987-91. He coached quarterbacks and wide receivers at Colorado State from 1982-86.

Following his graduation from New Mexico in 1980, Mazzone spent one season (1980) as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. In 1981, Noel served as an assistant coach at Boulder (Colorado) High School.

During his tenure at Auburn, Mazzone coached All-SEC quarterback Ben Leard, who led the Tigers to a SEC Western Division championship with a 9-4 record in 2000.

Under Mazzone, Auburn's offense produced two SEC Players of the Year: Rudi Johnson, SEC Player of the Year, 2000 and Ronney Daniels, SEC Freshman of the Year, 1999.

Despite losing over 92 percent of its total offense from the 2000 season, Auburn still finished 2001 as SEC Co-Western Division champions.

'I am very excited about having the opportunity to work with Coach Erickson,' said Mazzone. 'I have known Coach Erickson and most of his staff for several years. I have always admired how well his teams execute and this is a great opportunity for me to work with one of the outstanding coaches in America.'Mazzone replaces Jim Michalczik at Oregon State. Michalczik resigned his position as tight ends and special teams coach for the Beavers following the 2001 season to become the offensive line coach at California.

Mazzone hails originally from the Northwest as he was born in Mt. Vernon, WA. Noel and his wife Patricia have two sons and a daughter.

Mazzone's coaching career follows:

1980-81 New Mexico (Graduate Assistant)
1981 Boulder (CO.) High School (Assistant)
1982-86 Colorado State (Quarterbacks & Receivers)
1987-91 Texas Christian (Quarterebacks)
1992-94 Minnesota (Quarterbacks)
1994-98 Mississippi (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
1999-01 Auburn (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
Bowl Experience
1997 Ford Motor City Bowl
2001 Citrus Bowl

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