Pat Cerroni
Pat Cerroni
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (920) 424-7265
Office: 253 Russ Young Complex
Season: Seventh
College: Carroll University (1992), UW-Oshkosh (2004)

Pat Cerroni has lifted the UW-Oshkosh football program to a higher level in his six 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 39-24 (.619 winning percentage). UW-Oshkosh’s 118-year program features eight seasons of seven-plus wins, and three of those campaigns were under Cerroni. He was named Captain U’s NCAA Division III Coach of the Year during 2012.

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 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. Cerroni’s unit ranked 17th in the nation with 15 points per game allowed in 2007.

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 has coached 22 men to all-conference first team honors and 16 to all-region status.

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 his head coaching stint at Menomonee Falls High School, 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 school’s 1988 football team that shared the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin 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.