Fisch Completes Coaching Staff With Veteran Defensive Coach Dudzinski
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Football head coach Jedd Fisch today rounded out the Wildcats 2021 coaching staff with the hiring of Keith Dudzinski, who will serve as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Dudzinski brings 30 years of coaching experience to the job and joins the Wildcats after spending last season at Michigan as a defensive analyst under Arizona's newly-appointed defensive coordinator, Don Brown. His coaching focus will be with the outside linebackers and coach alongside Jordan Paopao with Arizona's special teams units.
"Arizona Football is extremely excited to welcome Coach Dudzinski to the Wildcat Family," said head coach Jedd Fisch. "Throughout the years, coaching in the Northeast, I have witnessed some of the great defenses Keith has coached. Collectively and collaboratively, Don Brown and Keith Dudzinski have put out some of the top statistical defenses in the country. The opportunity to unite them and have Keith coach our outside line backers and lead our punt coverage team is great for our program. We are excited to welcome Keith and his family to the Tucson community!"
Included in Dudzinski's decades-long defensive coaching career are four stints as a defensive coordinator at Albany (2018-19), Maryland (2015), Massachusetts (2004-10), and Northeastern (2003). He has coached five NFL Draft picks, including three in the top 100 and one first round selection in safety Darnell Savage Jr.
"My family and I are extremely grateful to Coach Fisch for this wonderful opportunity, and we are honored to be a part of the University of Arizona Football family," Dudzinski said. "I look forward to working with Coach Fisch and his tremendous staff as we work tirelessly to develop our student-athletes for success on and off the field. I can't wait to be in Tucson and to Bear Down."
Prior to his year at Michigan in 2020, Dudzinski spent four seasons at Albany and finished his tenure with the Great Danes as the program's associate head coach and defensive coordinator. In 2017, while coaching safeties, the Albany defense ranked No. 9 in FCS and second in the Colonial Athletic Association in total defense.
A member of Maryland's defensive staff from 2011 to 2015, Dudzinski helped lead the Terrapins to one of their best defense seasons in the ACC. The 2013 Terps finished top three in the conference in total defense, passing defense and rushing defense.
Dudzinski's defensive coaching prowess shined during both of his tenures at UMass as he guided the Minutemen defense to top-20 rankings nationally in total defense in three different seasons. UMass was also first in scoring defense in 2005 and fifth nationally the following season.
He spent two seasons on staff at Northeastern, including the Huskies' 2002 banner season with a mark of 10-3, a share of an Atlantic-10 title and the program's first ever FCS playoff appearance.
Dudzinski's collegiate coaching career began at the University of New Haven, his alma mater, in 1991 before spending four seasons at Brown University.
The former all-conference linebacker and team captain at New Haven, Dudzinski and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Mary Kathryn and Elizabeth, and a son, Jack, who was a member of UAlbany's offensive line from 2014 to 2018
KEITH DUDZINSKI COACHING HISTORY
Arizona – Linebackers/Special Teams (2021-current)
Michigan – Defensive Analyst (2020)
Albany – Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator (2018-19)
Albany – Safeties (2016-17)
Maryland – Defensive Coordinator (2015)
Maryland – Inside Linebackers (2011-14)
Massachusetts – Defensive Coordinator (2004-10)
Northeastern – Defensive Coordinator (2003)
Northeastern – Linebackers (2002)
Massachusetts – Defensive Backs (2001)
Massachusetts – Linebackers (1999-2000)
Massachusetts – Defensive Line (1998)
Brown – Defensive Line (1994-97)
New Haven – Outside Linebackers (1991-93)