Coaches & Assistants

Zach Azzanni
Wide Receivers

Biography

Azzanni comes to the Bears with 18 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level with Tennessee (2013-16), Wisconsin (2012), Western Kentucky (2011), Florida (2010), Central Michigan (2007-09), Bowling Green (2001-06) and Valparaiso (1999-00).

Azzanni joined Tennessee in 2013 as the wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator before being promoted to the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach prior to the start of the 2015 season. In his first season at Tennessee, Azzanni helped freshman WR Marques North earn SEC all-Freshman honors after finishing the season with 38 catches for 496 yards. North's 38 catches rank 2nd in school history among freshman receivers.

Prior to his time with the Volunteers, Azzanni held the title of...

Zach Azzanni is in his first season as the Bears wide receivers coach after being hired by the team on February 22, 2017.

Azzanni comes to the Bears with 18 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level with Tennessee (2013-16), Wisconsin (2012), Western Kentucky (2011), Florida (2010), Central Michigan (2007-09), Bowling Green (2001-06) and Valparaiso (1999-00).

Azzanni joined Tennessee in 2013 as the wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator before being promoted to the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach prior to the start of the 2015 season. In his first season at Tennessee, Azzanni helped freshman WR Marques North earn SEC all-Freshman honors after finishing the season with 38 catches for 496 yards. North's 38 catches rank second in school history among freshman receivers.

Prior to his time with the Volunteers, Azzanni held the title of wide receivers coach at Wisconsin (2012). While there, he helped WR Jared Abbrederis earn first-team all-Big Ten honors.

Azzanni spent 2011 as the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Western Kentucky. In his lone season at WKU, the school featured the nation's second leading rusher in Bobby Rainey (141.3 ypg) while TE Jack Doyle finished 5th in the nation in receiving yards among tight ends (614).

Azzanni was hired as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach at Florida after the conclusion of the 2009 college regular season. In his first game as coach, he helped QB Tim Tebow throw for a career-high 482 passing yards in the Sugar Bowl vs. Cincinnati. In 2010, he helped coach the Gators to the Outback Bowl.

Prior to his time in Florida, Azzanni spent three seasons (2007-09) as the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Central Michigan. In 2009, he was named the Wide Receivers Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com. Under his tutelage, WR Bryan Anderson set an NCAA record with a catch in 53 consecutive games while his teammate, WR Antonio Brown, caught a pass in 40 consecutive games.

From 2001-06, Azzanni coached at Bowling Green as the wide receivers coach (2003-06) and graduate assistant (2001-02). He began his coaching career during the 1999-2000 campaign at Valparaiso as the wide receivers coach. In 2004, the Bowling Green receiving corps produced four 1,000 yard receivers and was ranked the nation's 3rd best receiving group in the nation by Athlon Sports.

Azzanni played wide receiver at Central Michigan from 1994-98.

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