|Office:||253 Russ Young Complex|
|College:||Carroll University (1992), UW-Oshkosh (2004)|
Pat Cerroni has lifted the UW-Oshkosh football program to a higher level in his seven years as head coach. During 2012, the Titans made their first NCAA Division III playoff appearance and won their first WIAC title in 36 years.
Cerroni, the 23rd coach in school history, holds an overall record of 47-26 (.644 winning percentage). UW-Oshkosh’s 119-year program features nine seasons of seven-plus wins, and four of those campaigns were under Cerroni. He was named CaptainU’s NCAA Division III Coach of the Year during 2012.
During 2013, Cerroni guided UW-Oshkosh to a 6-0 start. The Titans peaked at eighth in the national rankings before finishing with an 8-2 record. The only defeats came against national champion UW-Whitewater and #10 UW-Platteville by a combined four points.
The Titans captured their first 13 games of the 2012 season, including victories over #3 Linfield College, #5 UW-Whitewater, #14 UW-Platteville and #21 Bethel University (Minn.). UW-Oshkosh won three postseason contests to advance all the way to the NCAA Division III Final Four. Cerroni received AFCA Region Coach of the Year and WIAC Coach of the Year as his team set school marks for wins, points (525), yards (6,721), interceptions (23) and national ranking (fourth). A record seven Titans were named to the D3football.com All-America Team.
In 2011, the Titans went 7-3 and earned their second-place league finish despite playing opponents that totaled a 66-44 record. Following a setback to national runner-up University of Mount Union, UW-Oshkosh won four straight games while outscoring its foes 145-36.
Cerroni, who joined the Titans as an assistant coach in 2000, booked the school’s first win over UW-La Crosse since 1972 with a 28-17 decision in 2010. As the team’s defensive coordinator, Cerroni has molded a strong pass defense. The Titans yielded just six touchdowns through the air while intercepting 12 passes during 2011.
The 2007 season also featured a 7-3 record. UW-Oshkosh closed the year with three consecutive victories to take third place in the WIAC. Five Titans were named to both the All-WIAC First Team and the NCAA Division III All-Region Team. Overall, Cerroni’s players have totaled 29 all-conference first team honors, 23 all-region selections and 11 All-America awards.
Cerroni came to UW-Oshkosh after three seasons as the head coach at Menomonee Falls High School. In 1997, he guided the Indians to a 7-4 record and an upset of defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead High School in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 Playoffs.
Prior to Menomonee Falls, Cerroni was an assistant coach at Hartland Arrowhead and Waukesha Catholic Memorial high schools. During his four seasons at Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School, he helped the Crusaders to Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 1 state titles in 1993 and 1996.
Cerroni is a 1992 graduate of Carroll University, where he was a member of the football team that shared the 1988 CCIW title. The Johnson Creek native earned his master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2004.
Cerroni and his wife, Tammy, are the parents of a daughter, Kali, and son, Kyle.