Pete Carroll is an American football coach and is currently executive vice president and head coach of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he has coached the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, and the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Along with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer, Carroll is one of only three football coaches who have won both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship.
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Carroll was born in San Francisco, and played college football at the College of Marin, before transferring to the University of Pacific. After graduation, he tried out for a professional football team, the Honolulu Hawaiians, but did not make the team. After an aborted career selling roofing materials, he became a graduate assistant on his old coach's staff at Pacific. His colleague, Bob Cope was hired by the University of Arkansas and convinced Lou Holtz, then the head coach of the Razorbacks, to also hire Carroll. At Arkansas, he was mentored by Monte Kiffin, and after the team won the 1978 Orange Bowl, Carroll moved on to Iowa State University as an assistant, and when the head coach moved to Ohio State, Carroll followed. His next moves included North Carolina State, and his alma-mater, Pacific, before moving to the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Jets where he got his first head coaching job.
Carroll was fired after one season as head coach of the Jets, but was hired by the San Francisco 49ers the next year as defensive coordinator. His success there gave him another opportunity at head coach, this time for the New England Patriots. His team won the AFC East division title in 1997, but the next two years proved to be tough for him, and he was fired.
Carroll landed as head coach of the USC Trojans in 2000 where he earned a reputation as one of the most effective recruiters in college football, having brought in multiple top-ranked recruiting classes for the Trojans, and leading the Trojans to the National Championship in 2003, 2004, and 2005. In July 2007, ESPN.com named USC its #1 team of the decade for the period between 1996 and 2006.
In 2010, Carroll was hired back into the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. While initially spending time building the team in his first two seasons, Carroll (with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson) led the team to an 11-5 record but losing in the second round of the playoffs in 2012. The next year, Carroll's Seahawks won the first Super Bowl in franchise history, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Carroll's net worth is $12 million.