enters his second season as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at
North Carolina A&T. Pizzo is responsible for designing the Aggies offensive
game plan and schemes as well as recruiting excellent talent to the football
program. He also calls the offensive plays on game day.
known for producing top-ranked offenses while striking a balance between the
run and the pass. His reputation was upheld during his first season running the
A&T offense. In 2011, the A&T produced its first 2,000-yard receiver, a
1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver all in the same season.
Mike Mayhew earned MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year Honors. Quarterback
Lewis Kindle's remarkable improvement was highlighted by the fact he was the
first Aggie quarterback to start all 11 games in 10 seasons. Kindle was also
the first Aggie quarterback to throw for more than 2,000 yards since Maseo
Bolin did it in 1995.
Wallace Miles also benefited from the Pizzo system. He became the first
receiver in school history to have a 1,000-yard season. He later signed a free
agent contract with the Detroit Lions.
Pizzo came to
A&T after spending 14 seasons at Gardner-Webb University. Pizzo worked as
the Bulldogs offensive coordinator for 10 seasons. The Bulldogs offense
traditionally produced under Pizzo. They ranked near the top of the Big South
in each of his 14 seasons. In 2002, the Bulldogs offense averaged 414.9 yards
per game to finish with the 11th best offense in the nation. During
the season, the Bulldogs led the Big South in total offense, passing offense
and scoring offense. GWU's offense was so efficient, the offense only suffered
through 13 turnovers.
Offensive Player of the Year Jeremy Martin earned honorable mention
All-American honors as the Bulldogs quarterback. Pizzo coached Martin to 8,025
career passing yards and 60 career touchdowns.
Pizzo's efficient offense completed nearly 60 percent of its passes. His
starting quarterback Nick Roberts threw for 2,410 yards and 20 touchdowns, and
led the Big South in total offense. The Bulldog offense excelled again in 2004
as it produced 379.4 yards per game with 237 of those yards coming through the
air. The 2005 Bulldogs may have had their best offensive season under Pizzo.
The team was ranked 10th nationally in total offense with 441 yards
triumph with the Bulldogs was his work with the 2009 team. During the season,
the offense compiled 375.7 yards per game and averaged 27.7 points per contest.
Wide receiver James Perry led the Big South in receptions per game and running
back Patrick Hall led the way with 12 rushing touchdowns.
time at GWU, five of Pizzo's tutored quarterbacks ranked among the top-10
passers in school history. In addition to the outstanding quarterbacks he
coached, William Andrews became the school's all-time leading receiver under
his watch. Also, Jason Bright became the school's only All-American tight end
during the Pizzo era. The school's other offensive accolades under the Pizzo
led offense included four all-conference quarterbacks, seven all-conference
receivers and Pizzo was a part of two Big South Championship teams.
becoming the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, Pizzo spent two seasons
(1992-93) as the offensive coordinator for the Arena Football League's
Charlotte Rage. His other coaching experience includes a two-year stay at Mars
Hill College (1988-89) as an offensive assistant, where he was responsible for
quarterbacks and receivers.
quarterback at Mars Hill College, where he earned South Atlantic Conference
Player of the Year and All-American honors in 1985. During the same season,
Pizzo led the Lions to the 1985 SAC-8 Championship and ended his eligibility
with school records for passing attempts in a single game (49), touchdown
passes in a single season (16) and the most total offense in a single game
He signed a
free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined the Cleveland
Browns in 1987. He also signed a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts in
1991. Professionally, Pizzo has also spent time with the Detroit Lions, and
started for the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American
Football. In November of 2007, Pizzo was inducted into the Mars Hill Athletics
Hall of Fame.
Pizzo is a
1987 graduate of Mars Hill with a B.S., degree in physical education. He and
his wife Dana, have one daughter, Stetson.