Veteran coach Bill Laveroni was hired in the spring of 2013 to coach the Sacramento State offensive line. Laveroni brought with him a wealth of experience ranging from high school to the National Football League.
Laveroni's offensive line helped lead the way for a record breaking Hornet offense in 2014. Senior Derek Nielsen and junior Aleksandar Milanovic each were named to the all-Big Sky third team. The pair were two of the four players who started all 12 games on the line during the season.
In 2013, Laveroni coached guard Tyler Worthley to first team all-Big Sky Conference honors.
Prior to taking the job at Sacramento State, Laveroni was the offensive line coach with the Florida Tuskers and Virginia Beach Destroyers of the United Football League.
His 40 years of coaching, includes six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Laveroni took control of the offensive line in 2004 with the retirement of longtime NFL offensive line coach Tom Lovat. Named assistant offensive line coach April 2, 2002, Laveroni was being groomed to create a smooth transition upon Lovat's retirement.
Laveroni has helped fashion one of the finest left sides of any offensive line in the NFL with a pair of Pro Bowlers in tackle Walter Jones and guard Steve Hutchinson in 2004 and again in 2005 with the addition of center Robbie Tobeck.
In his first season in charge of the line in 2004, his blockers paved the way for Shaun Alexander to set a club record and lead the NFC with 1,696 rushing yards. Alexander then broke that record with 1,880 yards and set an NFL-record with 28 touchdowns in 2005. He helped coordinate Seattle's 2002 offensive line that helped lead a record-setting offensive performance despite a rash of injuries to the line.
Laveroni broke into coaching as offensive line coach for the freshman team at California before coaching offensive line at the University of San Francisco. After two collegiate seasons, he became an assistant coach at St. Ignatius High from 1972-76, where he and current offensive coordinator Gil Haskell coached together. He then became head coach at Piedmont High for one year before rejoining the college ranks.
He coached linebackers and tight ends at his alma mater, California (1978), before leaving for Utah State to coach the linebackers and offensive line from 1979-82.
His third tour of duty at California saw him lead the offensive line from 1983-89 followed by the same position coupled with special teams coordinator for San Jose State from 1990-92. From 1993-94 he coached only the offensive line for the Spartans.
Laveroni joined the Arena League's San Jose Sabercats in 1995 and coached for one year leading to a five-year career at Rutgers where he served as offensive line coach and run game coordinator (1996-00).
He was a three-year starter for California at center (1967-69) where he earned a degree in criminology. He also holds a teaching credential from the master's program of the University of San Francisco.
Laveroni and his wife, Patty, have one son, Anthony (15).
Bill Laveroni's Coaching Career
1972-76 St. Ignatius High School-Assistant Coach
1977 Piedmont High School-Head Coach
1978 University of California-Linebackers/Tight Ends
1979-82 Utah State University-Linebackers/Offensive Line
1983-89 University of California-Offensive Line
1990-92 San Jose State-Offensive Line/Special Teams Coord.
1993-94 San Jose State-Offensive Line
1995 San Jose Sabercats-Offensive Line/Defensive Line
1996-00 Rutgers University-Offensive Line/Run Game Coord.
2001 Vanderbilt University-Offensive Line
2002-03 Seattle Seahawks-Assistant Offensive Line
2004-07 Seattle Seahawks-Offensive Line
2009-10 Florida Tuskers-Offensive Line
2011-12 Virginia Beach Destroyers-Offensive Line