Noel Mazzone (pronounced Muh-ZONE-ee) joined the Bruin staff in January of 2012 after working as the offensive coordinator at Arizona State in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. His impressive coaching resume includes time as an assistant coach in the NFL and as an offensive coordinator in the Atlantic Coast, the Big Ten, the SEC and the Pac-12 Conferences.
UCLA set a school record for most 500-yard total offense games in 2015 with six. Quarterback Josh Rosen, the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, set numerous school passing records and ranked among the nation’s top 25 passers in completions per game (22nd), passing yards (19th) and passing yards per game, (21st). He also established a new school mark with 245 passing attempts without an interception. Receiver Jordan Payton became UCLA’s all-time leading receiver. Devin Fuller moved up among the top six on that all-time receptions list and Thomas Duarte shot into the school’s top 20 for career receiving yards and top 10 in career TD receptions. Running back Paul Perkins produced the first back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since DeShaun Foster in 2000-01.
The big numbers kept coming for Mazzone's offense in year three at UCLA. Brett Hundley became the school's all-time leader in total offense (11,713) and touchdown passes (75). He also was the first UCLA quarterback to throw for at least 3,000 yards in three different seasons. The redshirt junior, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFL Draft, ranked fourth in the NCAA in completion percentage (.691) and 13th in passing efficiency (152.7). Perkins led the Pac-12 in rushing and became the 13th Bruin back to reach the 1,000-yard milestone for a season. His total of 1,575 rushing yards was the second-highest in school history. The offense tied the school mark with five games of 500-yard total offense. Receivers Payton (67) and Fuller (59) each ranked among the school's top 10 all-time in single-season catches.
In 2013, the team set school records for total offense (692 yards) and first downs (39) in the New Mexico State contest. A school record 26 players caught a pass during the course of the season. Hundley ranked among the nation's top 25 in completion percentage (14th-.668), passing efficiency (20th-152.9), touchdown passes (23rd-24), points responsible for (14th-216), points responsible for per game (18th-16.8), and total offense (23rd-293.8). Shaq Evans finished his career ranked tied for 10th on the all-time school receptions list and tied for ninth on the single-season touchdown reception list. Hundley also produced the third-most rushing yards by a quarterback in school history. Running back Jordon James posted career-best rushing totals and three 100-yard games.
Mazzone's first season on the field with the Bruins quickly turned into a record-setting campaign. Senior running back Johnathan Franklin established new school marks for career rushing yards (4,403 yards), career all-purpose yards (4,925), single-season rushing yards (1,734), single-season 100-yard rushing games(9) and single-season all-purpose yards (2,062). He was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Also in 2012, Hundley set records for single-season passing yards (3,740), single-season completions (318) and single-season total offense yards (4,095-fifth on the all-time Pac-12 list). In addition, he became the first UCLA quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three straight games. Team records were also achieved for most yards in a season (6,531), most points scored in a season (482), most passing yards gained in a season (3,860), most first downs in a season (331) and most points scored in a quarter (30).
In 2011, Arizona States' offense ranked 25th in the nation, averaging 445.8 yards per game. It was ranked 10th in passing offense (316.7 yards per game) and 28th in scoring offense (33.2 points). ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler ranked 11th in the NCAA in total offense (317.4) and his 4,126 yards ranked third on the all-time Pac-12 list. Running back Cameron Marshall recorded 18 rushing touchdowns and ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with an 80.8 rushing yards per game mark. In 2010, Arizona State was listed No. 15 nationally in passing offense and No. 29 in total offense. In addition, ASU rushed for 19 touchdowns in 2010 after totaling 14 in all of 2009. Marshall had nine TD runs in 2010, the most by an ASU runner since Delvon Flowers had 11 in 2001.
Mazzone came to Arizona State from the NFL after having served as wide receivers coach of the New York Jets from 2006-2008 and working as a personnel consultant for the franchise in 2009. There, he coached wideouts Jericho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles, who set a Jets record for combined yardage and receptions.
Before his time in the professional ranks, Mazzone coached in college football for more than two decades. He tutored quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends, while also serving as offensive coordinator at three schools (Ole Miss, Auburn and North Carolina State).
In 2005, Mazzone enjoyed a second stint at the University of Mississippi as the offensive coordinator. From 2003-04, he was the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at North Carolina State. While at NC State, he coached All-American quarterback Philip Rivers (currently quarterback with the San Diego Chargers), who went on to become the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and Cotchery, a wide receiver. The Wolfpack offense led the Atlantic Coast Conference in six offensive categories and topped the NCAA in pass efficiency. It ranked third in the NCAA in passing offense and was No. 8 in scoring offense.
In 2002, he was on Dennis Erickson's Oregon State staff as the running backs and special teams coach. While with the Beavers, he coached Steven Jackson, who went on to become an All-Pro running back.
Mazzone worked as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1999-2001 on Tommy Tuberville's staff at Auburn. He recruited and coached the 2000 SEC Player of the Year, Rudi Johnson, a future Pro Bowler with the Cincinnati Bengals. He also tutored All-SEC quarterback Ben Leard, who set an NCAA record in pass efficiency, NFL quarterback Jason Campbell, and NFL running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. Auburn won the SEC West Championship under his watch (2000-01) and set the Citrus Bowl passing record.
From 1994-98, he was on Tuberville's staff at Mississippi as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Ole Miss won the 1997 Motor City Bowl and produced the school's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1950, Deuce McAllister, who would later star in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints. Mazzone also coached quarterback Stu Patridge, who set an NCAA record in passing efficiency and a school record with 200 straight pass attempts without an interception.
Mazzone was the quarterbacks coach at the University of Minnesota from 1992-94 and at TCU from 1987-91. At Texas Christian, he coached quarterback Matt Vogler who set a then NCAA single-game passing record with 690 yards, completing 44 passes, in a 1990 game against Houston.
The first stop on Mazzone's coaching journey was a five-year stint at Colorado State working with the quarterbacks and receivers. He mentored quarterback Kelly Stouffer, who was the sixth overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Mazzone began his coaching career, in 1980-81, as a graduate assistant at the University of New Mexico. He was an assistant coach at Boulder High School in Boulder, Colorado, in 1981. A native of Raton, N.M., Mazzone graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1980. He also played quarterback for the Lobos, leading the team in passing in 1976 and 1977.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES — Arizona, Southern Nevada and New Mexico.
PERSONAL — Education: Bachelor's from New Mexico, 1980; At UCLA: Fourth season (joined the staff in January of 2012); Born: March 21, 1957; Family: has one daughter and two sons, UCLA quarterbacks coach, Taylor; former UCLA receiver, Grayson.