This year, Addazio will again have position responsibility with the offensive tackles and tight ends, in addition to the special teams, after spending the ?99 season working with the tight ends and sharing special teams duties.
At tight end in 2001, Addazio will have to fill the gap left by the graduation of Jabari Holloway and Dan O'Leary, one of the top tight end tandems in the nation. An honorable mention All-American in 1999, Holloway was slowed by a knee injury in 2000. That did not deter the professional scouts as Holloway was a fourth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots. O'Leary had 10 catches in 2000, in addition to two receptions for 35 yards in the Fiesta Bowl and was a sixth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.
Addazio's offensive tackles helped the Irish rank 13th in the nation in rushing last season and protected freshman quarterback Matt LoVecchio as he compiled a perfect 7-0 record as a starter during the regular season.
Addazio will have an abundance of top talent coming back at the tackle and tight end positions as seniors Jordan Black and Kurt Vollers anchor the offensive line. Both Black and Vollers have tremendous size and strength and are viable All-America candidates with a promising professional future. At tight end, senior John Owens and junior Gary Godsey possess great skills both blocking and catching the football, while up-and-coming sophomore Billy Palmer will contribute as well.
The Farmington, Conn., product coached the entire Orange offensive line in from 1996-98, after working with the Syracuse tight ends and tackles his first year (1995). He took over all the Orange offensive line responsibilities beginning in ?96 after Syracuse assistant George DeLeone left to join the San Diego Chargers staff.
Addazio?s offensive line helped Syracuse rank 10th nationally in rushing in ?98 (228.4 yards per game), third in scoring (42.5) and 22nd in total offense (430.), while leading the BIG EAST in rushing and scoring. In ?97, Syracuse led the league in scoring (11th nationally at 35.3) and total offense (15th at 427.3) and ranked 23rd nationally in rushing at 201.4 per game. In ?98, he coached first-team all-BIG EAST guard Scott Kiernan.
Syracuse set school records for total offense in ?97 (5,127 yards) and scoring in ?98 (468 points) ? while sharing the league title in ?96 and winning it outright in ?97 and ?98.
He helped Syracuse earn postseason bowl invitations each of his four seasons ? including appearances in the Gator, Liberty, Fiesta and Orange Bowls each of the last four seasons. The Orange ended up in the final Associated Press top 25 each of his four seasons ? 19th in ?95, 21st in both ?96 and ?97 and 25th in ?98.
Among the professional players he has coached are all-BIG EAST tight end Roland Williams (fourth-round pick of St. Louis in '98), Kiernan (with New York Giants), tight end Kaseem Sincero (with Chicago) and former all-BIG EAST player Mark Baniewicz, who was selected in the fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Addazio spent seven previous seasons (1988-94) as head coach at Cheshire (Conn.) High School (alma mater of current Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni). At Cheshire, his team was ranked in the USA Today Top 25, won 38 consecutive games (which was the second longest winning streak in the nation) and won three state championships. He was named coach of the year in '89, '92, '93 and '94.
From 1984-87, Addazio served as an assistant at Western Connecticut State, the first three seasons under Pasqualoni. He worked as both offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Colonials to marks of 9-1 and 10-2 in his first two seasons, including a berth in the ?85 NCAA Division III playoffs. Western Connecticut State tied for the New England Football Conference title in ?84 and won it outright in ?85.
A 1981 graduate of Central Connecticut State with a degree in physical education, he was a four-year starter in football. He earned tryouts with the NFL New England Patriots, USFL Jacksonville Bulls and CFL Ottawa Roughriders.
Born June 1, 1959, in Waterbury, Conn., he and his wife Kathleen are parents of three children ? Nicole, Jessica and Louis.
The Steve Addazio Coaching File