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Darrin Chiaverini
Darrin Chiaverini

Position:
Asst. Coach: Special Teams

Experience:
First Season

Alma Mater:
Colorado


08/04/2014

2014 Training Camp - Practice No. 1

Photos from the first day of the 2014 training camp

08/03/2014

Texas Tech Football Local Media Day

Texas Tech Football Local Media Day

Darrin Chiaverini, an NFL veteran and fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Colorado in 1999's NFL Draft, begins his first season at Texas Tech as the Special Teams Coordinator.

Chiaverini joins the Texas Tech staff after spending the last four seasons at Riverside City College (Riverside, Calif.) where he served as Associate Head Coach in charge of Recruiting Co-Offensive / Special Teams Coordinator. He becomes the first full-time special teams coach at Texas Tech since Eric Russell served in that capacity in 2009.

Having spent time in the coaching ranks at Riverside, UCLA and Mt. San Antonio College, Chiaverini built an impressive resume and developed some of the best special teams units in Southern California. His special teams units at Riverside from 2010-2013 were some of the best in all junior college ranks as they registered an impressive 22 blocked kicks in four seasons. He also coached the top punt returner in the state of California in 2011 and 2012. Riverside's offense led California in scoring in 2011 and in 2013 led the state in total offense.

During his time at Riverside, the Tigers won three Conference Championships, three bowl games and won 10-plus games in three different seasons (2010, 2011 and 2013). Riverside was 40-5 the last four seasons, including a 24 game home win streak. After the 2011 season, Riverside boasted 15 student-athletes that were offered NCAA Division I scholarships, including Sadale Foster, Bruce Jones and Will Smith, who completed their collegiate careers at Texas Tech in 2013.

Chiaverini began his collegiate coaching career at Mt. San Antonio College in 2007 as the wide receivers coach before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2008. He spent the 2009 season as the assistant special teams coach at UCLA and helped guide one of the top units in the PAC-12. The Bruins went on to win the Eagle Bank Bowl in Washington D.C. that season with a 30-21 victory over Temple.

A four-year letterman at the University of Colorado, he helped guide the Buffaloes to three bowl wins (Cotton, Holiday and Aloha) while becoming the first winner of the Buffalo Heart Award that is given annually to the player that best exemplifies Colorado Football. As a wide receiver for the Buffaloes, he hauled in 97 receptions for 1,199 yards and six touchdowns. His 97 career receptions ranks 13th all-time in school history while his 1,199 career receiving yards rank 14th.

In 1999, he was drafted in the fifth round by the Cleveland Browns and went on to set a rookie receiving record with 44 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns. After two years with the Browns, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys before eventually finishing his four-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons. His NFL career included 62 catches for 662 yards and seven touchdowns. He concluded his professional career as a member of the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League.

He holds a degree in communications from Colorado and a master's degree in human performance and sport sciences from the University of New Mexico Highlands. He and his wife Shannon have two children, Curtis and Kaylie and their hometown is Corona California.

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