UI head football coach speaks with media prior to Spring Camp
Chris Polizzi (pronounced pole-eats-ee) is in his third year as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa. He assists with the Hawkeye defense.
The Hawkeyes posted an 8-5 overall record in 2013, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten. Iowa earned a spot in the 2014 Outback Bowl behind a solid defense that ranked among the national leaders in total defense (6th), first downs allowed (7th) pass defense (9th), scoring defense (9th), pass efficiency defense (17th) and rushing defense (19th).
Polizzi served as a graduate assistant coach at Utah in 2011, where he coached the tight ends and assisted with the defensive scout team. Utah posted an 8-5 overall record in 2011, defeating Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
Polizzi joined the Utah staff after two years as a coaching intern at UCLA, where he worked with the Bruin defensive staff. UCLA concluded the 2009 season with a 31-21 win over Temple in the Eagle Bank Bowl.
Prior to his stint at UCLA, Polizzi coached tight ends and wide receivers (2005, 2006) and the defensive secondary (2007, 2008) at Central Methodist University in Missouri.
During his playing career, Polizzi was a four-year starting cornerback for Lake Forest (Illinois) College from 2001-04. He tied for the team lead in interceptions as a freshman. Lake Forest won the 2002 Midwest Conference championship and won 28 games in his four years -- the most wins by a class in school history.
He is a 2005 graduate of Lake Forest College, with a degree in communications. Polizzi earned a master's degree in special education from Central Methodist in 2007. He is continuing graduate work at Iowa in sports management.
Polizzi was born Sept. 13, 1982, and is a native of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His wife's name is Kelli.