Pete Germano
Pete  Germano

Assistant Coach (Special Teams/Defensive Line)

Alma Mater:
Ohio Wesleyan, 1982


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Last updated on July 8, 2015

Pete Germano is in his fourth season as the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach for the Bulldogs. He was hired at Fresno State on Jan. 4, 2012 after spending the previous 11 seasons at Ohio University.

For the third-straight season under Germano's watch, the Bulldogs had a player from the defensive line named all-conference. In 2014, it was highlighted by nose guard Tyeler Davison who received first-team All-Mountain West honors. He was also a first-team selection in 2012 and was a second-team pick in 2013. Davison went on to be drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints with the 18th pick in the fifth round -- Fresno State's first defensive lineman to drafted since Chris Carter in 2011.

In his first season at Fresno State, Germano coached two defensive lineman that received all-conference accolades. Defensive end Andy Jennings received All-MW second-team honors, in addition to Davison garnering a first-team selection.

In 2013, the Bulldogs sported two All-MW honorees for a second-straight season, Davison (second-team), along with Nikko Motta who was named an All-MW honorable mention selection.

Germano's front three have helped Fresno State be one of the national leaders in sacks and tackles for a loss while under his watch. Fresno State registered 40 sacks in both 2012 and 2013, and 30 in 2015. The Bulldogs ranked inside the top 10 in the FBS in Germano's first two seasons at Fresno State.

Germano also elevated his kickoff return defense to one of the best in the country in 2014, ranking No. 13 in the FBS, giving up just 17.69 yards per return. Fresno State also blocked two punts in 2014, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The Bulldogs were one of 15 schools in the FBS to block multiple punts a season ago.

The Bulldog special teams units were highlighted by wide receiver Isaiah Burse in 2012-13, who was a second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2013 as a return specialist. Burse averaged 12.5 yards per punt return in 2013 with two TDs. Both of those scores came in the game against Cal Poly, which tied the school and Mountain West records for most punts returned for a touchdown in a single game.

At Ohio, he spent his last three seasons with the Bobcats working with the defensive line after spending the eight years before that serving in the role as the Bobcats' recruiting coordinator and four seasons working with the tight ends. He also had a two-year stint coaching the outside linebackers from 2003-04.

Germano has also had special teams responsibilities with the Bobcats' kickoff return and punting units. In 2007, Ohio boasted the best kickoff return average in the MAC with an average of 25.1 yards per return, helping return man Chris Garrett secure the top spot on the Bobcat all-time kick return average list.

Ohio had two recruiting classes that yielded three players named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America teams. Ohio's 2008 recruiting class was named the best recruiting class in the MAC by the MAC Report Online and earned the site's only "A" rating for the year.

Germano came to Athens on Jan. 25, 2001 after two years as head coach at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. While there, he began the rebuilding process for the Spartan program, leading them to 2-8 and 3-7 records in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Prior to taking over at CWRU, Germano spent nine years at Wabash College. He held various titles there including defensive coordinator, strength coach, linebacker coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach. His defensive units led the conference six times while being nationally ranked on three occasions. Wabash won the conference title four times during the 1990s: 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1998.

Germano began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fairmont State (W.Va.) College. He started as its receivers/tight ends coach and then moved to defense where he presided over the defensive line for one year. Germano's last three years at Fairmont State were spent as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach. He helped the team earn a top 10 ranking in NAIA Division I and a playoff appearance in 1988.

Germano received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan in 1982. While at OWU, he earned four letters in football and two in baseball. He went on to receive his master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from Bowling Green in 1983.

In 1984, he was selected as the head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A farm team, the Vermont Reds.

Germano was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball at Benedictine High School in Cleveland. In 2006, Germano was inducted into the Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame. In football, he was a special mention All-Ohio selection, an All-District first-team pick and was one of 12 area players honored by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. Germano helped the Bengals reach the 1978 state baseball finals and was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Scholastic team as a pitcher-shortstop. In basketball, he led the Bengals in scoring as a junior and senior and was also a co-captain.

He and his wife, Jackie, have three children - Nicole, Joey and Michael.


Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
Date of Birth Sept. 22, 1960
Education •Ohio Wesleyan (1982) - bachelor's degree in physical education
•Bowling Green (1988)- master's in physical education & athletic administration
Playing History Ohio Wesleyan-earned 4 letters in football & 2 in baseball
Family Wife: Jackie
Sons: Joey & Michael
Daughter: Nicole

•2012-Present: Fresno State (Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line)
•2001-11: Ohio
-2011: Special Teams Coordinator
-2009-11: Defensive Line
-2001-08: Recruiting Coordinator
-2005-08: Tight Ends
-2003-04: Outside Linebackers
•1999-00: Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
-Head Coach
•1990-98: Wabash College
-1997-98: Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
-1990-98: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/ Strength Coach
•1985-89: Fairmont State (W.Va.) College
-1987-89: Defensive Coord./Linebackers
-1986: Defensive Line
-1985: Receivers/Tight Ends
•1984: Cincinnati Reds Double-A Farm Team, the Vermont Reds-Head Athletic Trainer

•2014: Hawai'i Bowl (Fresno State)
•2013: Mountain West Champions (Fresno State)
•2012: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Fresno State)
•2012: Mountain West Champions (Fresno State)
•2012: Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Fresno State)
•2011: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Ohio)
•2010: R-L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Ohio)
•2009: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Ohio)
•2009 MAC East Division Champions
•2007 (2006): GMAC Bowl (Ohio)
•2006: MAC East Division Champions

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