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    Zach Azzanni     
     
      Zach Azzanni
Position:
Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator

Experience:
2nd Season

Alma Mater:
Central Michigan, '99

  • Has been a part of six conference championship teams, and coached in 2013 Rose Bowl, his seventh bowl game and second BCS game in which he has coached
  • In his first season at UT in 2013, helped freshman Marquez North to SEC All-Freshman squad honors. North finished the season with 38 catches for 496 yards
  • North's 38 catches rank second all-time among freshman UT receivers, and 10th in the NCAA in 2013 while his 496 yards rank third, and eighth respectively
  • Spent 2012 as the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin, coaching Jared Abbrederis to First Team All-Big Ten honors, while helping Wisconsin to a Big Ten Championship
  • Served as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for Western Kentucky for a single season in 2011, helping lead the Sun Belt's biggest turnaround
  • WKU featured the nation's No. 2 rusher in 2011, Bobby Rainey (141.3 rushing yards per game, 1,695 total yards and 13 touchdowns). WKU tight end Jack Doyle was also the top receiving tight end in the Sun Belt and finished fifth among tight ends in the country in receiving yards
  • Was hired by Urban Meyer at Florida following the 2009 regular season and coached in the Gators' appearance in the 2010 Sugar Bowl. In that game, Tim Tebow ended his career with a personal-best 482 passing yards. Spent the 2010 season at Florida, coaching the wide receivers and serving as the passing game coordinator as UF defeated Penn State in the Outback Bowl
  • Spent three seasons (2007-09) as the assistant head coach and receivers coach at his alma mater, Central Michigan
  • His 2009 wide receiver unit was one of the most prolific in college football, ranked ninth in the nation by Athlon Sports, while he was named college football's Wide Receivers Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com in 2009
  • In 2009, Bryan Anderson established an NCAA mark with a catch in 53 consecutive games while his teammate, Antonio Brown had a streak of 40 consecutive games with a catch. Anderson and Brown combined for 49 career touchdown receptions, which at the time tied them for the top active duo in the country for combined touchdown receptions
  • Anderson recorded more than 3,500 yards receiving in his career and Brown eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the second time while also surpassing the 3,000-yard receiving mark for his career
  • Anderson and Brown signed NFL contracts, with Brown starting for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV
  • Brown was named the Steelers' team MVP in 2011 and earned a Pro Bowl selection after becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 yards receiving (1,108) and at least 1,000 return yards (1,062) in the same season
  • Spent 2001-06 at Bowling Green, where he began as a graduate assistant for the offense. He was hired full-time as the wide receivers coach before the 2003 season. His Bowling Green receivers broke nearly every school receiving record. In 2004, he coached a group that produced four receivers with 1,000 yards receiving, and was ranked third-best in the nation by Athlon Sports
  • Five of his receivers at Bowling Green signed professional contracts
  • Graduated with a degree in Sports Management in 1999 from Central Michigan, playing wide receiver for the Chippewas from 1994-98
  • Azzanni and his wife, Julia, have three daughters: Ava (6), Lyla (5) and Zia (2)
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