Good luck for former Bengals star and Hall of Famer, Pete Germano.
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Pete Germano enters his first season as the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach for the Bulldogs. He was hired at Fresno State on Jan. 4, 2012 after spending the past 11 seasons at Ohio.
His last three seasons at Ohio saw him working with the defensive line after spending the eight years before that as serving in the role as the Bobcats' recruiting coordinator and four seasons working with the tight ends. He also had a two-year stint coaching the outside linebackers from 2003-04.
PETE GERMANO PROFILE
Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
Date of Birth Sept. 22, 1960
Education Ohio Wesleyan (1982) - bachelor's degree in physical education
Bowling Green (1988)- master's in physical education & athletic administration
Playing History Ohio Wesleyan-earned 4 letters in football & 2 in baseball
Family Wife: Jackie
Sons: Joey & Michael
2012-Present: Fresno State (Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line)
-2011: Special Teams Coordinator
-2009-11: Defensive Line
-2001-08: Recruiting Coordinator
-2005-08: Tight Ends
-2003-04: Outside Linebackers
1999-00: Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
1990-98: Wabash College
-1997-98: Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
-1990-98: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/ Strength Coach
1985-89: Fairmont State (W.Va.) College
-1987-89: Defensive Coord./Linebackers
-1986: Defensive Line
-1985: Receivers/Tight Ends
1984: Cincinnati Reds Double-A Farm Team, the Vermont Reds-Head Athletic Trainer
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BOWL GAMES AS A COACH
2011: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Ohio)
2010: R-L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Ohio)
2009: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Ohio)
2009 MAC East Division Champions
2007 (2006): GMAC Bowl (Ohio)
2006: MAC East Division Champions
In 2010, defensive lineman Stafford Gatling was a second-team All-MAC performer for the Bobcats and finished fifth in the league in tackles for loss (13.5) and seventh in the league in sacks (6.5). The defensive co-captain finished sixth on the Bobcats in tackles with 53 stops and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles.
In 2009, Ohio defensive end Dak Notestine led the team with 10.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Defensive tackle Ernie Hodge also had 48 stops, along with 5.5 tackles for loss en route to third-team All-MAC honors.
Under his tutelage, the Bobcat tight ends became an integral part of the offense. In 2007, tight end Andrew Mooney set the Ohio single-season touchdown reception record and earned his first All-MAC selection. Mooney also picked up third-team All-MAC recognition in 2008.
Germano has also had special team responsibilities with the Bobcats' kickoff return and punting units. In 2007, Ohio boasted the best kickoff return average in the MAC with an average of 25.1 yards per return, helping return man Chris Garrett secure the top spot on the Bobcat all-time kick return average list.
Ohio's last two recruiting classes have yielded three players named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America teams. Ohio's 2008 recruiting class was named the best recruiting class in the MAC by the MAC Report Online and earned the site's only "A" rating for the year.
Germano came to Athens on Jan. 25, 2001 after two years as head coach at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. While there, he began the rebuilding process for the Spartan program, leading them to 2-8 and 3-7 records in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Prior to taking over at CWRU, Germano spent nine years at Wabash College. He held various titles there including defensive coordinator, strength coach, linebacker coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach. His defensive units led the conference six times while being nationally ranked on three occasions. Wabash won the conference title four times during the 1990s: 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1998.
Germano began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fairmont State (W.Va.) College. He started as their receivers/tight ends coach and then moved to defense where he presided over the defensive line for one year. Germano's last three years at Fairmont State were spent as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. He helped the team earn a top 10 ranking in NAIA Division I and a playoff appearance in 1988.
Germano received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan in 1982. While at OWU, he earned four letters in football and two in baseball. He went on to receive his master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from Bowling Green in 1983.
In 1984, he was selected as the head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A farm team, the Vermont Reds.
Germano was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball at Benedictine High School in Cleveland. In 2006, Germano was inducted into the Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame. In football, he was a special mention All-Ohio selection, an All-District First Team pick and was one of 12 area players honored by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. Germano helped the Bengals reach the 1978 state baseball finals and was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Scholastic team as a pitcher-shortstop. In basketball, he led the Bengals in scoring as a junior and senior and was also a co-captain.
He and his wife, Jackie, have three children - Nicole, Joey and Michael.