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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 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the SEC and the Pac-12.
Mazzone's first season on the field with the Bruins 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). Redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley set records for single-season passing yards (3,740), single-season completions (318) and single-season total offense yards (4,095). In addition, Hundley became the first UCLA quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three straight games. Team records were 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). Mazzone has now coached the No. 3-ranked (Brock Osweiler-ASU) and No. 5-ranked (Hundley) single-season total offense leaders in Pac-12 Conference history.
In 2011, the Sun Devils 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). Quarterback Brock Osweiler ranked 11th in the NCAA in total offense (317.4). 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 has 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 a Pro Bowl 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, now an All-Pro running back with the St. Louis Rams.
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, Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell, St. Louis Rams running back Carnell Williams and Philadelphia Eagles running back 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 and Southeast United States.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's from New Mexico, 1980; At UCLA: One Season (joined the staff in January of 2012); Born: March 21, 1957; Family: has one daughter and two sons.
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