EUGENE — Nick Aliotti’s last game with the Oregon Ducks will be Monday night’s Alamo Bowl game in Texas. The team’s defensive coordinator for the past seventeen seasons has announced that he’s retiring after 24 seasons on the coaching staff.
“After coaching for 38 years, it is time for a new chapter in my life and Kathryn’s. Coaching is all I’ve ever known but it has been a labor of love and a fantastic ride,” Aliotti said.
The 59-year-old Northern California native has orchestrated some of the most successful defenses in school history, and played a significant role in the university’s five BCS bowl appearances and six conference championships. He was also one of Oregon’s most effective recruiters.
Aliotti had three stints as an Oregon assistant under four different head coaches. Out of college at UC Davis, he joined their staff before coming to Oregon as a graduate assistant in 1978. He then made stops at Oregon State (1980-83) and Chico State (1984-87) before returning to Oregon in 1988 under Rich Brooks to coach outside linebackers.
Aliotti was promoted to defensive coordinator prior to the 1993 season and was instrumental in the school’s “Gang Green” defense that helped lead them to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 37 years.
After leaving for four seasons with stops in the NFL with St. Louis and then UCLA, Aliotti returned to Oregon in 1999 on Mike Bellotti’s staff. He served four seasons with Chip Kelly before joining Mark Helfrich in his first season.
“Nick’s contributions to the football program at the University of Oregon cannot be overstated. His dedication to the success of this program will certainly leave a lasting impression that is hard to measure,” Helfrich said.
Aliotti added: “I’ve coached in a lot of great games in my life, but the things I’m going to miss the most are the great players and assistant coaches I have had a privilege to work with.”
A national search will begin to pick his successor.