Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno mic'd up for MGoBlue.com.
Dan Ferrigno is in his fourth season with the Wolverines as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Ferrigno, who joined the U-M staff in 2011, has 35 years of collegiate coaching experience including 21 seasons in the Pac-10 Conference and two with Brady Hoke at San Diego State.
Ferrigno also oversaw the special teams units at San Diego State, Southern California, California and Oregon State. He served as tight ends coach at San Diego State, California, Pacific and San Francisco State.
Under Ferrigno, the tight ends have been a prominent part of the Wolverines' offense. In 2013, Devin Funchess earned Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year honors after recording 49 receptions for 748 yards and six touchdowns. Funchess, named as one of eight semi-finalists for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, was an All-Big Ten first team choice by the media and second team selection by the league's coaches. His 748 receiving yards in 2013 marked the most all-time by a U-M tight end in a single season. Fellow tight end Jake Butt ranked third on the Wolverines with 20 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2012, Funchess earned Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America honors after catching 15 passes for 234 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns.
In 2011, tight end Kevin Koger set career marks with 23 receptions for 244 yards and four touchdowns. His 23 receptions ranked third on the team, while his four touchdown catches tied for the team lead.
The specialists also have excelled under Ferrigno's direction. Since 2011, U-M has connected on 49 of 63 field goals (78 percent) and 149 of 150 point after attempts, including a program-record 141 consecutive PATs by Brendan Gibbons.
In 2012, punter Will Hagerup earned Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year honors after leading the conference and setting a school mark with a 45.0 punting average.
Meanwhile, Dennis Norfleet ranks second on Michigan's career list with 1,765 kickoff return yards after just two seasons. Norfleet posted 938 kickoff return yards in 2013, good for second on U-M's single-season list.
As the wide receivers coach at California (2006-07), Ferrigno helped the Bears post a 10-3 record in 2006 en route to winning the Holiday Bowl and a No. 14 final ranking in the AP poll. Thanks in part to wide receiver DeSean Jackson's Pac-10-best nine touchdowns in 2006, California's 280 points in conference play marked the second-highest total in school history.
From 2001-05, Ferrigno helped lead Oregon to four bowl games, aided by 23 100-yard receiving performances. He helped develop Keenan Howry into Oregon's first All-Pac-10 first-team wide receiver in 16 seasons, as well as Oregon's all-time leading receiver, Samie Parker.
Ferrigno was tight end Tony Gonzalez's position coach at California. A first-team all-Pac-10 selection and NFL All-Pro, Gonzalez was the 13th overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 draft.
Ferrigno and his wife, Shawna, have three daughters and three sons.
|2011-present||Michigan||Tight Ends, Special Teams|
|2009-10||San Diego State||Tight Ends, Special Teams|
|2008||St. Mary's High School||Head Coach|
|2000||USC||Wide Receivers, Special Teams|
|1999||California||Wide Receivers, Special Teams|
|1996-98||California||Wide Receivers, Special Teams, Tight Ends|
|1987-95||Oregon State||Running Backs, Defensive Backs, Linebackers, Special Teams|
|1982-86||Western Michigan||Off. Coordinator, quarterbacks, running backs, offensive line|
|1979||Pacific||Wide Receivers, Tight Ends|
|1978||San Francisco State||Wide Receivers, Tight Ends|
|1975-77||St. Ignatius HS||Assistant Coach|
ABOUT COACH FERRIGNO
Age / 61
Date of Birth / March 24, 1953
Hometown / San Francisco, Calif.
High School / Archbishop Riordan
College / San Francisco State (1978)
Family / Wife Shawna; sons Brendan, Michael Conn, Kevin Conn; daughters Meagan, Hannah, Sophia
College Bowl Experience (10) / Michigan: 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2013 Outback Bowl, 2012 Sugar Bowl; San Diego State: 2010 Poinsettia Bowl; California: 2007 Armed Forces Bowl, 2006 Holiday Bowl; Oregon: 2005 Holiday Bowl, 2004 Sun Bowl, 2002 Seattle Bowl, 2001 Fiesta Bowl; California: 1995 Aloha Bowl
All-Americans / 1996: Tony Gonzalez, TE (1st)
All-Conference Players /2013: Devin Funchess (Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year; All-Big Ten first team); 2010: Brian Stahovich (All-MWC first team), Abel Perez (All-MWC second team), Gavin Escobar (All-MWC second team); 2006, 2007: DeSean Jackson (All-Pac-10 first team), Lavelle Hawkins (All-Pac-10 second team), Robert Jackson (All-Pac-10 second team); 2005: Sammie Parker (All-Pac-10); 2003: Keenan Howry (All-Pac-10 first team); 1996: Tony Gonzalez (All-Pac-10 first team); 1987: Pat Chaffey (All-Pac-10 first team)