Coach Aliotti has been coaching football for 33 years, 18 of which have been spent with the Ducks. Credited with orchestrating the “Gang Green” defense that helped propel Oregon to the Rose Bowl following the 1994 season, Aliotti is one of the school’s most popular assistants in recent memory.
The 2009-2010 Oregon Duck defense was a special blend of talent and chemistry. One of Coach Aliotti’s finest defensive units to date, the 2009-2010 squad made their mark on the Pac-10 by leading the conference in almost every major statistical category including rush defense, pass defense, red zone defense, and total defense. Coach Al’s defenses have been known to wreak havoc on opposing offenses as four of the last five years an Oregon player has led the Pac-10 Conference in sacks. As a result of the pressure that Coach Aliotti’s defense brings, the Ducks have consistently been at the top of the Pac-10 in turnovers forced and interceptions. In the 2009 NFL draft, Coach Aliotti saw two defensive backs taken in the first 45 picks with Patrick Chung and Jairus Byrd. Coach Al also had two defensive linemen taken in that draft with Sonny Harris and Nick Reed.
Off the Field…
Coach Al loves karaoke and is very loud and boisterous singing around the office. His hobbies include golf, hunting birds, and playing card games. Coach Aliotti loves to compete. He is also known around the office for his wild allegations including that he could beat any man in the state of Oregon in an elliptical competition for most repetitions in a 30 minute span. He is also the self proclaimed best coach in the month of July. Nick Aliotti lives with his wife Kathryn and has a son Michael and a daughter Nicole who both graduated from Oregon. Coach Al went to high school in his home town of Pittsburg, California before attending UC Davis for college.