Pete Carroll is an American football coach who is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Moreover, he is a former head coach of the New York Jets, New England Patriots. And the USC Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC). Likewise, Carroll is one of only three football coaches who have won both a Super Bowl (with Seattle). And a college football national championship (with USC). Further, One of Carroll’s greatest accomplishments was masterminding the Seahawks’ defense. That was known as the Legion of Boom who led the NFL in scoring defense. In the four years straight becoming the first team to do so since the 1950s Cleveland Browns.
Carroll was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Rita (née Ban) and James Edward “Jim” Carroll. Two of his paternal great-grandparents were Irish immigrants. And his Croatian maternal grandparents emigrated from around the region of Šibenik. Carroll attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, California. Likewise, after being an athlete in childhood, his lack of physical growth as a teenager. And caused him frustration in high school sports. Further, weighing just 110 pounds (50 kg) as an incoming freshman, he was required to bring a special doctor’s clearance in order to try out for football. Similarly, he was a multi-sport star in football (playing quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back), basketball, and baseball, earning the school’s Athlete of the Year honors as a senior in 1969.
After high school, Carroll attended junior college at the nearby College of Marin, where he played football for two years (lettering in his second year) before transferring to the University of the Pacific, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. At Pacific, Carroll played free safety for two years for the Tigers, earning All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honors both years (1971–72) and earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1973.
After graduation, Carroll tried out for the Honolulu Hawaiians of the World Football League at their training camp in Riverside but did not make the team due to shoulder problems combined with his small size.
On offense, Carroll is known for using aggressive play-calling that is open to trick plays as well as “going for it” on 4th down instead of punting the ball away. Because of his aggressive style, the USC band gave him the nickname “Big Balls Pete”. At USC home games, when Carroll decided to go for it on 4th down, the USC band would start a chant of “Big Balls Pete” that carried over to the students section and the alumni.
On defense, Carroll favors a bend-but-don’t-break scheme of preventing the big plays: allowing opposing teams to get small yardage but trying to keep the plays in front of his defenders.
In April 2003, Carroll helped organize a meeting with political leaders, high-ranking law enforcement officials and representatives from social service, education and faith-based communities at USC’s Heritage Hall for a brainstorming session.
Carroll’s wife Glena (née Goranson) played indoor volleyball at the University of the Pacific. Together the couple have three children: elder son Brennan, daughter Jaime, and younger son Nathan. Through Brennan and his wife Amber, he has one grandchild, Dillon Brennan Carroll. Moreover, Brennan Carroll played tight end at the University of Pittsburgh after transferring from University of Delaware; she was a player on the Women of Troy’s women’s volleyball team. Similarly, Nathan Carroll graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in May 2010. Since 2010, Nathan joined his father as an assistant for the Seahawks. Carroll’s late father-in-law, Dean Goranson, graduated with a Master’s degree from USC.
- Full Name: September 15, 1951
- Age: 68 years
- Date of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States
- Regular season: 133–90–1 (.596)
- Postseason: 11–8 (.579)
- Spouse: Glena Goranson (since m 1976), Wendy Pearl (m since 1973–1975)
- Past teams coached: USC Trojans football (Head coach, 2001–2009), etc.
- Books: Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion
- Position: Head coach
- High school: Larkspur (CA) Redwood
- College: Pacific
- Net Worth: $30 Million
- Salary: $8 Million
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