Steve Sarkisian is an American football coach and former player who is the current offensive coordinator for Alabama Crimson Tide of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Additionally, he was previously the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). Similarly, he has also served as the head football coach of the University of Washington from 2009 to 2013 and at the University of Southern California (USC) from 2014 to 2015. He played college football as a quarterback at Brigham Young University (BYU) and professionally with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Playing career in USC and El Camino College
After a standout baseball and football career at West High School in Torrance, California. Further, Sarkisian’s size (6′, 165 lb) did not attract any college football offers. Likewise, he began his collegiate athletic career in 1992. And that was at USC as a non-scholarship middle infielder on the Trojans baseball team. Furthermore, he struggled playing NCAA Division I baseball and transferred after a semester to El Camino College. A two-year community college adjacent to his hometown of Torrance, where he played shortstop. Similarly, At the urging of El Camino head football coach John Featherstone. And that was one of his instructors, Sarkisian restarted his football career. Moreover, as a redshirt freshman in 1993, Sarkisian earned All-Mission Conference honors. Likewise, in his sophomore season, he was named a junior college All-American. And that was after setting a national junior college record by completing 72.4 percent of his passes.
Career in Canadian Football League
Sarkisian played professionally for three seasons, 1997 to 1999, for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was a starter in the 1999 season, finishing with 16 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. His team finished with a dismal 3–15 record, prompting Sarkisian to end his playing career.
Coaching Career in Washington
The University of Washington introduced Sarkisian as its 23rd head football coach during a press conference. And that was in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium on December 8, 2008. Likewise, Sarkisian signed a contract that paid him $1.75 million in 2009, with a salary increasing to $2.3 million by 2013. Further, down in Los Angeles, John Morton succeeded Sarkisian as offensive coordinator at USC.
He was born in Torrance, California and is the youngest of seven children, the only one in the family born in California; the older six siblings were born in Massachusetts. Additionally, Sarkisian is of Armenian and Irish ancestry. Moreover, his father is an Armenian born and raised in Tehran, Iran. And was before immigrating to the United States at the age of 18 to attend college. Sarkisian’s mother is an Irish-American from Massachusetts. Moreover, he attended Brigham Young University. Sarkisian is Catholic. Since April 2015, it was reported that Steve Sarkisian and his wife filed for divorce. Sarkisian and his ex-wife have three children, two daughters and a son.
- Full Name: Stephen Ambrose Sarkisian
- Date of Birth: March 8, 1974
- Age: 45 years
- Birth Place: Torrance, California, United States
- Nationality: American
- Spouse: Stephanie Sarkisian (since m 1997–2016)
- Past teams coached: USC Trojans football (Head coach, since 2013–2015), etc.
- Education: West High School, Brigham Young University, El Camino College, University of Southern California
- Children: Taylor Sarkisian, Brady Sarkisian, Ashley Sarkisian
- Position: Offensive coordinator
- High school: Torrance (CA) West
- College: BYU
- Net Worth: $2.8 million
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