Nick Aliotti (born May 29, 1954)[citation needed] is an American football coach. He was recently the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.

Nick Aliotti
Biographical details
Born (1954-05-29) May 29, 1954 (age 65)
Walnut Creek, California
Playing career
1972–1976UC Davis
Position(s)Running back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1979Oregon (GA)
1980–1983Oregon State (RB)
1984–1987Chico State (OC/OL)
1988–1992Oregon (OLB)
1993–1994Oregon (DC/DB)
1995–1997St. Louis Rams (NFL) (ST)
1998UCLA (DC/DB)
1999–2013Oregon (DC)
2019Arizona Hotshots (DC)

Early life and playing careerEdit

The eldest of five children, Aliotti grew up northeast of San Francisco in Pittsburg, California, where his father Joe (1928–2016) worked for U.S. Steel for decades.[1] He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1972 and enrolled at UC Davis, where he earned three letters as running back, and was named MVP of the freshman team.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

After graduation from Davis, Aliotti spent two years as a graduate assistant football coach on Rich Brooks' staff at Oregon, and in 1980, was hired as the running backs coach by new Oregon State coach Joe Avezzano.[3][4] After four years with the Beavers, Aliotti was hired as offensive coordinator at Chico State. In 1988, he returned to Oregon as linebackers coach, later becoming defensive coordinator.[5]

After the 1994 season and the Rose Bowl, Brooks was hired by the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, and Aliotti went with him as special teams coach. Brooks lasted just two seasons with the Rams, and Aliotti became the defensive coordinator at UCLA in 1998. He returned to Eugene in 1999 and was the defensive coordinator for the next fifteen seasons under head coaches Mike Bellotti, Chip Kelly, and Mark Helfrich.[2]

Allioti retired following the 2013 season, after the Alamo Bowl.[6]

In 2018, he returned to coaching as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.[7]

Coaching treeEdit

Aliotti is a member of the following coaching trees as an assistant:


Aliotti's brother Joe was the starting quarterback at Boise State (1979, 1980); a junior college transfer (Los Medanos), he led the Broncos to a 10–1 record as a junior and the Division I-AA national championship as a senior.


  1. ^ "Joseph N. Aliotti". (obituary). May 4, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Nick Aliotti". Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Withers, Bud (September 1, 1982). "Another Italian". The Register-Guard. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  4. ^ "Nick Aliotti - Oregon Football". Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Brooks fills staff with former coach". The Register-Guard. March 30, 1988. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Nick Aliotti to retire as Oregon defensive coordinator - - The University of Oregon Official Athletics Web Site". Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  7. ^ Thorburn, Ryan (October 11, 2018). "Former Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti returning to coaching in the AAF". The Register-Guard. Retrieved October 12, 2018.