Kirk Olivadotti

Kirk Olivadotti (born January 1, 1974)[1][2] is an American football coach who is currently the Inside Linebackers Coach for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).

Kirk Olivadotti
Green Bay Packers
Position:Inside linebackers coach
Personal information
Born:January 1, 1974 (age 45)
Wilmington, Delaware
Career information
High school:St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Career history
As coach:

Early life

Kirk Olivadotti was born in Wilmington, Delaware[1] to Karen and Tom Olivadotti.[3] Now retired, Tom spent 40 years coaching football at the high school, college, and professional levels, the latter consisting of 21 years as a defensive coach for NFL teams such as the Cleveland Browns (1985–1986), the Miami Dolphins (1987–1995), the Minnesota Vikings (1996–1999), the New York Giants (2000–2003), and the Houston Texans (2004–2005).[4][5]

Kirk attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida[6] from 1988 to 1992, where he played wide receiver on the school's football team. He then went on to Purdue University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Education, followed by a Master's degree in Education Administration. While at Purdue, Olivadotti played as wide receiver and was a four-year letter winner from 1993 to 1996.[7][8]


Olivadotti began his coaching career at the college level, working with the Maine Maritime Academy's wide receivers and tight ends in 1997. He then spent two seasons (1998–1999) working as an assistant coach at Indiana State University.[7][8]

In 2000, Olivadotti began coaching the Washington Redskins' defense.[7][9] His time with the team would last for eleven seasons, making him the longest-tenured coach on the Redskins' staff at the time of his leave.[9] He worked in various positions, including defensive backs assistant (2002–2003), defensive quality control (2000–2001; 2004–2005), special teams assistant (2004–2006), defensive line (2006), linebackers coach (2007–2009), and defensive assistant (2010).[7][8][9] While working as a linebackers coach, Olivadotti tutored two linebackers, London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo, to their first Pro Bowl, the all-star game of the National Football League.[3][7]

In February 2011, Olivadotti was hired by University of Georgia coach Mark Richt to be the Bulldogs' new linebackers coach. He filled the spot vacated by Warren Belin when he left for the Carolina Panthers.[3][8][10] Olivadotti's father, Tom, had previously coached with University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the Houston Texans.[10] On January 16, 2014, it was announced that Olivadotti had rejoined the Redskin's staff to become their linebacker coach.

Personal life

Olivadotti married Keely Carter[11] from West Lafayette, Indiana[12] in February 2001.[2] They have two children.[7]

The family lived in Ashburn, Virginia while Olivadotti coached the Washington Redskins,[13][14][15] However, during his appointment to the Georgia Bulldogs, Olivadotti and his family moved to Athens, Georgia.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Kirk Olivadotti Profile". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Linebackers". Giants NY. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Georgia hires Kirk Olivadotti from Redskins". Fox News. Associated Press. February 18, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  4. ^ "Tom Olivadotti". Omaha Nighthawks. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "Tom Olivadotti (retired NFL coach)". Coaches Choice. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Alumni". St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Archived from the original on September 4, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Player Bio:Kirk Olivadotti". The University of Georgia Bulldogs. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d Kirk, Jason (February 16, 2011). "Kirk Olivadotti Hired As Georgia Bulldogs LB Coach, According To Report". SB Nation Atlanta. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Jones, Mike (February 16, 2011). "Defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti leaving for Georgia; other coaching changes". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Low, Chris (February 16, 2011). "Kirk Olivadotti joins Georgia's staff". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  11. ^ Flemma, Jay. "Hoosier Daddy! Purdue Grad Overcomes Palm Tree, Wins Senior Amateur Tour Championship". Cyber Golf. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Smith, Loran (April 23, 2011). "Olivadotti gets comfy at UGA". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  13. ^ "Kirk Olivadotti". Official Site of the Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on March 19, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  14. ^ "Redskins' Kirk Olivadotti Officially Named to Georgia Staff". College Football News. February 18, 2011. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  15. ^ "Olivadotti Named Inside Linebackers Coach at Georgia". University of Georgia Bulldogs. February 18, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
1996 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1996 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Ross–Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana and competed in the Big Ten Conference. The team attempted to build from its second best season (win wise) in its 5-year football history under head coach Jim Colletto, and they failed starting the season 0-3 and averaging under 7 points per game. Over the final eight games the Boilermakers went 3-5 however, ending the season with a 3-8 record and failing to qualify for a bowl game for the twelfth straight year. The Boilermakers also failed to win a road game.

However, several individuals excelled. Brian Alford received numerous post-season accolades including First Team All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and the media, as well as breaking Purdue record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. Senior captain, Emmett Zitelli was selected to the Second Team All-Big team by both the coaches and the media. After the season, non of the Boilermakers were selected in the 1997 NFL Draft but immediately after the draft Zitelli signed as an undrafted free agent.

2000 Washington Redskins season

The 2000 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 64th in Washington, D.C.. They failed to improve on their 10–6 record from 1999 and they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Norv Turner, in his sixth season as the Redskins head coach, was fired the day after Week 14, in which they went 7-6. He was replaced by Terry Robiskie for the final two games.

This was the final season the Redskins wore the screen printed name and numbers on jerseys.

The off-season dominated when owner Dan Snyder acquired veteran free agents Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and Mark Carrier. Smith would remain with the Redskins until 2003 while both Carrier and Sanders left the team at the end of the season, though Sanders returned to play for the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.

The season is notable for the Redskins drafting future Pro Bowlers Lavar Arrington and Chris Samuels with the second and third overall picks respectively in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

2001 Washington Redskins season

The 2001 Washington Redskins season was the franchise’s 70th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 65th representing Washington, D.C.

Despite a very poor start to the season at 0–5, with some speculation that they might win as few as two games, the Redskins began a 5-game winnings streak, and by week 14 were 6–6 and in the midst in the NFC playoff hunt. However, despite outplaying their next two opponents, the Redskins dropped two critical games to the Eagles and Bears, eliminating them from playoff contention, though they would finish the season on a high note at 8–8.

This was also the season the Redskins debut the stitch up authentic name and numbers on the jerseys.

2002 Washington Redskins season

The 2002 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 71st season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 66th representing Washington, D.C. They failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 2001 and finishing at 7-9. For cornerback Darrell Green, this was his 20th and final season with the team.

2004 Washington Redskins season

The 2004 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 73rd season in the National Football League.

They improved on their 5–11 record from 2003 to 6-10, but missed the playoffs. It was also the season of Joe Gibbs’ return as head coach after coming out of retirement. The team acquired running back Clinton Portis in a trade that sent Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos in the 2004 off-season.

2005 Washington Redskins season

The 2005 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 74th season in the National Football League and the second season under head coach Joe Gibbs. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 2004 and finished 10-6. The Redskins placed 2nd in the NFC East. Washington earned their first playoff berth since 1999.

In their return to the postseason, the Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opening round, but a loss to the Seattle Seahawks the following week ended their season. The Seahawks went on to become NFC Champions.

This season is the last season to date in which Washington won a playoff game. They have gone 0–4 in playoff games since, losing three of them (including in this 2005 season) to Seattle.

2006 Washington Redskins season

The 2006 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 75th season in the National Football League, and was the third season for coach under Joe Gibbs since his return to the team in 2004.

The team had posted a 10–6 record and a postseason berth the previous season (up from 6–10 in 2004). In 2006, however, the Redskins posted only five wins and finished last in the division.

The 2006 Redskins set an NFL record for fewest takeaways in a (non-strike) NFL season, with only twelve.

2011 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 2011 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs were led by 11th-year head coach Mark Richt and played their home games at Sanford Stadium. They are a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 10–4, 7–1 in SEC play to be champions of the Eastern Division. They represented the division in the SEC Championship Game where they lost to Western Division representative LSU 42–10. They were invited to the Outback Bowl where they lost to Michigan State 33–30 in three overtimes. The 2011 season marked the first time since 1981 that UGA swept three of its biggest SEC rivals: Florida, Auburn and Tennessee; this feat would be repeated in the 2012 season.

2013 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 2013 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by head coach Mark Richt, who was in his thirteenth year as head coach. The Bulldogs played their home games at Sanford Stadium. They were a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference.

ESPN's College GameDay aired live from the university campus on September 28, 2013 before the Bulldogs played LSU.

2014 Washington Redskins season

The 2014 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 83rd season in the National Football League and the first season under head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins finished the season 4–12, slightly improving on their 3–13 record from 2013 and resulted in the departure of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

2016 Washington Redskins season

The 2016 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Jay Gruden.

The season saw the Redskins play in London for the first time in franchise history, where they tied the Cincinnati Bengals 27-27.

After a loss in the final week to the New York Giants, the Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention. Despite missing the playoffs, the Redskins finished the season with a record of 8-7-1, which was the first consecutive winning seasons for the team since the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Along with the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington was the only team in 2016 that played seven regular-season games against teams that would reach the playoffs: four games combined against Dallas and the New York Giants, games against Green Bay and Detroit (as the NFC North was the only division besides the NFC East to send more than one team to the 2016 postseason) and a game against the sole AFC North 2016 playoff team (Pittsburgh); the Redskins' 2-5 record in these contests was a major reason they did not return to the playoffs.

2017 Washington Redskins season

The 2017 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 86th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins ended the season losing seven of the final 11 games after a 3-2 start, failing to improve on their 8–7–1 record from the previous season, and were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after losing to the Chargers. This was likely due to the abundance of injuries at key positions and one of the league's toughest schedules.

In Week 2, the Redskins played the Rams in Los Angeles for the first time in 23 years. It was also their first game in the L.A. Coliseum in 28 years. Washington got their first win in the Coliseum in 43 years.

Also, this was the last of six seasons that quarterback Kirk Cousins was on the roster, as he would join the Minnesota Vikings in the following offseason.

2018 Washington Redskins season

The 2018 season was the Washington Redskins' 87th in the National Football League and their fifth under head coach Jay Gruden. This is the first season since 2011 that quarterback Kirk Cousins is not on the roster, as he joined the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason as a free agent.

The team finished with the same record from the previous season, 7–9, and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Despite a 6–3 start which was their best since 2008 plus leading the NFC East, the team suffered 4 straight losses after the team lost their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a leg injury in their Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. This resulted in a quarterback hangover. First, it forced Colt McCoy into the starting role in Weeks 12 and 13 before suffering a fractured fibula in a 28–13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, thus forcing the Redskins to start journeyman quarterback Mark Sanchez in Week 14 before starting another journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson against the Jacksonville Jaguars after benching Sanchez at halftime against the New York Giants. After the Alex Smith injury, the Redskins finished the last 7 games of the season with a record of 1–6. They were eliminated from playoff contention by a 25–16 loss to the Titans, and wins by the Eagles and Vikings in Week 16. The team's season ended with 25 players on injured reserve, which were a league high.

2019 Green Bay Packers season

The 2019 season will be the Green Bay Packers' upcoming 99th season in the National Football League, their 101st overall and their first under new head coach Matt LaFleur. After suffering back-to-back losing seasons in for the first time since 1990–91 and missing the playoffs back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2005–06, the Packers will look to improve on their 6–9–1 record from last year, and attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. It is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games have been played at Lambeau Field since 1957.

The Packers are the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the league's early days of the 1920s and '30s. Founded in 1919 by Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the franchise traces its lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. Between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the forerunner of today's NFL, in 1921. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America, Forbes ranked the Packers as the world's 26th most valuable sports franchise in 2016, with a value of $2.35 billion.The Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine pre–Super Bowl NFL titles and four Super Bowl victories. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League (AFL) prior to the AFL–NFL merger. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers' coach of the same name, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls. Their two subsequent Super Bowl wins came in 1996 and 2010.The Packers are long-standing adversaries of the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, who today comprise the NFL's NFC North division, and were formerly members of the NFC Central Division. They have played over 100 games against each of those teams through history, and have a winning overall record against all of them, a distinction only shared with the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. The Bears–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest in NFL history, dating back to 1921.

Kirk (given name)

Kirk is a given name. Notable people with the name include:

ArtsKirk Covington, American musician

Kirk Franklin (1970- ), American gospel musician

Kirk Hammett (1962- ), American musician, lead guitarist of Metallica

Kirk Jarvinen (1967- ), American artist

Kirk Joseph (1961- ), American musician

Kirk Kelly (c. 1960- ), American singer

Kirk Lightsey (1937- ), American pianist

Kirk Mitchell (1950- ), American author

Kirk Pengilly (1958- ), Australian musician

Kirk Powers, American musician

Kirk Whalum (1958- ), musician

Kirk Windstein, American musician in the band, CrowbarAthleticsKirk Baptiste (1963- ), American Olympics athlete

Kirk Barton (1984- ), American football player

Kirk Baumgartner (1967- ), American football player

Kirk Bowman (1952-), Canadian ice hockey player

Kirk Broadfoot (1984- ), Scottish footballer

Kirk Bullinger (1969- ), American baseball player

Kirk Chambers (1979- ), American football player

Kirk Cousins (1988- ), American football player

Kirk Dixon (1984- ), English rugby player

Kirk Dressendorfer (1969- ), American baseball player

Kirk Earlywine (1964- ), American basketball coach

Kirk Edwards (1984- ), Barbadian cricketer

Kirk Ferentz (1955- ), American football coach

Kirk Furey (1976- ), Canadian ice hockey player

Kirk Gibson (1957- ), American baseball player

Kirk Hanefeld (1956- ), American golfer

Kirk Haston (1979- ), American basketball player

Kirk Herbstreit (1969- ), American sportscaster

Kirk Hilton (1981- ), English footballer

Kirk Hinrich (1981- ), American basketball player

Kirk Hudson (1986- ), English footballer

Kirk Hunter (1963- ), Northern Irish footballer

Kirk Jackson (1976- ), English footballer

Kirk Johnson (1972- ), Canadian boxer

Kirk Lowdermilk (1963- ), American football player

Kirk Maltby (1972- ), Canadian ice hockey player

Kirk McCarthy (1966-2004), Australian motorcycle racer

Kirk McCaskill (1961- ), Canadian baseball player

Kirk McLean (1966- ), Canadian ice hockey player

Kirk Morrison (1972- ), American football player

Kirk Morrison (poker player), American poker player

Kirk Muller (1966- ), Canadian ice hockey player

Kirk Netherton (1985- ), English rugby player

Kirk Nielsen (1973- ), American ice hockey player

Kirk O'Bee (1977- ), American cyclist

Kirk Olivadotti (1974- ), American football coach

Kirk Palmer (1986- ), Australian Olympics swimmer

Kirk Penney (1980- ), New Zealand basketball player

Kirk Powell (1972- ), Jamaican cricketer

Kirk Radomski (1969- ), American figure in the baseball steroids scandal

Kirk Reynoldson (1979- ), Australian rugby player

Kirk Rueter (1970- ), American baseball player

Kirk Saarloos (1979- ), American baseball player

Kirk Scrafford (1967- ), American football player

Kirk Shelmerdine (1958- ), American race car driver

Kirk Yeaman, professional rugby league player for Hull FCEntertainmentKirk Acevedo (1974- ), American actor

Kirk Alyn (1910-1999), American actor

Kirk Anthony (1976- ), Australian actor

Kirk Baltz (1959- ), American actor

Kirk Baxter, Australian film editor

Kirk Brandon (1956- ), English musician

Kirk Browning (1921-2008), American television executive

Kirk Cameron (1970- ), American actor

Kirk DeMicco, American screenwriter

Kirk Degiorgio, British DJ

Kirk Demorest, American filmmaker

Kirk Douglas (1916- ), American actor

Kirk Fogg (1959- ), American actor

Kirk Francis (1947- ), American film sound mixer

Kirk Harris, American actor

Kirk Thornton, voice actor

Kirk B. R. Woller (1962- ), American actorFinanceKirk Boott (1791-1837), American industrialist

Kirk Kerkorian (1917-2015), American businessmanLawKirk Anderson (judge) (fl. 2000s), Jamaican judge

Kirk Bloodsworth, American advocate for justice reform

Kirk Cashmere (1955-2004), American lawyerMilitaryKirk Lippold, American naval officerPoliticsKirk Cox (1957- ), American politician

Kirk Dawes (1958- ), British mediator

Kirk Fordham (1967- ), American Congressional aide

Kirk Fordice (1934-2004), American politician, governor of Mississippi

Kirk Humphreys (1950- ), American politician

Kirk MacDonald, Canadian politician

Kirk Schuring (1952- ), American politician

Kirk Talbot (1969- ), Louisiana politicianScienceKirk Bryan (geologist) (1888-1950), American geologist

Kirk Bryan (oceanographer) (1929- ), American oceanographerOthersKirk Hyslop (1889-?), Canadian architect

Kirk Lankford (1985- ), American murderer

Kirk Martinez, English academic

Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University

Kirk White, Pagan lecturer and author

Lou Spanos

Louis G. Spanos (born March 27, 1971) is a football coach, and the current defensive coordinator for the Connecticut Huskies football team. He was a defensive quality control and assistant linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for many years, the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins, and the defensive coordinator for the UCLA Bruins football team.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Florida)

St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. The school was founded in 1936 as part of St. Anthony School and moved to its current location in southwest Fort Lauderdale in 1952. It is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school currently enrolls 2,109 students on its 25-acre (100,000 m2) campus and is the largest Catholic high school in the country by enrollment.

The Raiders athletic teams have won over 100 state championships and have achieved a national profile. Graduates of St. Thomas Aquinas include numerous professional athletes, ten Olympians, prominent state politicians, and award-winning authors and actors.

Tom Olivadotti

Tom Olivadotti is a former American football coach. He coached in high school, college and the National Football League (NFL). He was the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator from 1987 to 1995. He also coached in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Houston Texans. He coached in college for the Princeton Tigers, Boston College Eagles and Miami Hurricanes, where he was the defensive coordinator for the 1983 championship team.His son Kirk Olivadotti is also a coach.

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