Oregon DC Nick Aliotti to retire following Alamo Bowl

Oregon DC Nick Aliotti to retire following Alamo Bowl

Longtime Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti will retire following the Alamo bowl, according to reports.

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick AliottiBruce Feldman of CBSSports.com initially broke the news, and the school has now officially announced the move.

Aliott’s retirement marks the end of a 24-year Oregon coaching tenure and 17-year stint as the Ducks’ defensive coordinator.

“After coaching for 38 years, it is time for a new chapter in my life and Kathryn’s,” Aliotti said in a release. “Coaching is all I’ve ever known but it has been a labor of love and a fantastic ride.

“I’ve coached in a lot of great games in my life but the things I’m going to miss the most are the great players and assistant coaches I have had a privilege to work with. There is never an ideal time to announce these decisions because I don’t want to take away from the attention on this final game or the focus from the players who are the ones who deserve all the credit for getting us to where we are today.

“I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a great career and to step away from the game when I felt the time was right. Now is that time.”

Aliott’s career include three separate stints as an Oregon assistant coach, spanning the tenure of four different head coaches — Rich Brooks, Mike Belotti, Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich. His career also included stops at Oregon State, UCLA and with the St. Louis Rams.

During Aliotti’s tenure, Oregon led the conference in pass defense three times (2000, 2005 and 2006) and total defense in 2005 (357.7 avg.), in addition to leading the country in interceptions (26) and turnover margin (+1.62) in 2012.

“Nick’s contributions to the football program at the University of Oregon cannot be overstated,” Helfrich said. “His dedication to the success of this program will certainly leave a lasting impression that is hard to measure.

“I want to thank him for his loyalty and efforts to help make Oregon football what it is today, and wish him and his wife, Kathy, a long and happy retirement.”

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