Dan Cozzetto returns to Arizona State as a member of head coach Dennis Erickson's staff. He will coach the Sun Devil tight ends.
Cozzetto, a 27-year coaching veteran, returns to Tempe, where he served as ASU's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1992-99. Additionally, he has coached for a total of 14 years for four different teams in the Pacific-10 Conference. Overall, Cozzetto has coached under Erickson for five seasons at the University of Idaho (2006), with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers (2004) and at Oregon State University (2000-02). He has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Washington (2003), the University of California (1990-91) and at the University of Idaho (1979-89).
During Cozzetto's eight seasons as ASU's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, his offenses averaged 396.3 yards of total offense per game and Cozzetto guided a total of 20 offensive players (eight offensive linemen) that were ultimately drafted into the NFL.
In 1999, Cozzetto led a Sun Devil offense that averaged 172.1 rushing yards-per-game, an average that has not been topped by an ASU offense since that season. Offensive tackle Marvel Smith (Sporting News) and tight end Todd Heap (AP) both earned Third-Team All-America honors, while Heap, tailback J.R. Redmond and Smith earned First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition and tight end Kendrick Bates, tailback Delvon Flowers, offensive tackle Victor Leyva and guard Scott Peters all earned Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades.
Cozzetto's 1998 offense averaged 411.8 yards per game, the third straight season ASU cracked the 400-yard mark. That year, ASU averaged 259 yards per game passing, which at the time was the highest average in school history. Center Grey Ruegamer was recognized as a Walter Camp All-America selection, and was named a Second-Team All-American by Football News. Additionally, tailback J.R. Redmond and Ruegamer earned First-Team All-Pac-10, and wide receiver Lenzie Jackson, fullback Jeff Paulk and left tackle Marvel Smith were named as Honorable Mention All-Pac-10.
In 1997, Cozzetto's offense led the Pac-10 in rushing (193.8 ypg) and was fourth in total offense (406.5 ypg). Offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Grey Ruegamer were first-team all-Pac-10 while Murphy was a Third-Team All-American by The Football News and the Associated Press. Ruegamer was Third-Team All-American by The Sporting News. Cozzetto helped guide Murphy, tailback J.R. Redmond and Ruegamer to First-Team All-Pac-10 recognition, while wide receiver Lenzie Jackson, tailback Michael Martin and tight end Zack Romero all were tabbed as Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honorees.
Cozzetto's offense for the 11-1, 1996 Pac-10 Conference Champion and Rose Bowl participant Sun Devils was one of the most potent and dangerous in school history, averaging 474.4 total yards-per-game and 42.6 points-per-game. Leading the way was quarterback Jake Plummer, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, one of eight offensive players for ASU to earn All-Conference recognition. Also, Cozzetto mentored four offensive players to earn All-America honors, including tailback Terry Battle, Plummer, wide receiver Keith Poole and left tackle Juan Roque (Consensus All-America). In the past 34 seasons, only the 1981 Sun Devil squad topped ASU's 234.1 rushing yards-per-game average that year. Also, Cozzetto's offense helped to accumulate the 64 touchdowns scored by ASU as a team that season, the second-highest single-season total in Sun Devil history.
During Cozzetto's first four seasons at ASU, 18 offensive players for the Sun Devils earned All-Pac-10 recogntion, and in 1995, left tackle Juan Roque earned Second-Team All-America recognition by The Sporting News, while both Roque and quarterback Jake Plummer earned Honorable Mention All-America honors by Football News.