Rick Venturi

Rick Venturi
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1946-02-23) February 23, 1946
Taylorville, Illinois
Playing career
1965–1967 Northwestern
Position(s) Quarterback, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1976 Purdue (assistant)
1977 Illinois (DB)
1978–1980 Northwestern
1981 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (assistant)
1982–1983 Baltimore Colts (LB)
1984 Indianapolis Colts (DC/LB)
1985–1990 Indianapolis Colts (LB)
1991 Indianapolis Colts (DC/LB/Interim HC)
1992–1993 Indianapolis Colts (DC)
1994 Cleveland Browns (DB)
1995 Cleveland Browns (DC)
1996 New Orleans Saints (LB/Interim HC)
1997 New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/LB)
1998 New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/DB)
1999 New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/LB)
2000–2001 New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/DB)
2002–2005 New Orleans Saints (DC)
2006–2007 St. Louis Rams (Ast. HC/LB)
2008 St. Louis Rams (Ast. HC/LB/DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–31–1 (college)
2–17 (NFL)

Rick Venturi (born February 23, 1946) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Northwestern University and as longtime National Football League assistant coach known for his defense. As the head coach at Northwestern from 1978 to 1980, Venturi's record was 1–31–1. He coached the beginning segment the Northwestern Wildcats' NCAA Division I record 34-game losing streak. Venturi has served as the defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams. Venturi also served as an interim head coach, in 1991 with the Colts and 1996 with the Saints. As a head coach in the NFL, his career record stands at 2–17.

Venturi played quarterback at Rockford Auburn High School in Illinois as a sophomore and junior, and then at Pekin High School for his senior year before enrolling at Northwestern. While at Northwestern he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. His father, Joe Venturi, was a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Joe coached at Pekin High School in Illinois. His brother, John is also a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. John coached at Washington High School where he won the 1985 Class 4A State Championship. John's 1983 Washington team was the 4A Runner-Up.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1980)
1978 Northwestern 0–10–1 0–8–1 10th
1979 Northwestern 1–10 0–9 10th
1980 Northwestern 0–11 0–9 10th
Northwestern: 1–31–1 0–26–1
Total: 1–31–1


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