FSU football hires Patrick Surtain Sr. as defensive backs coach

Florida State football has formally employed Miami Dolphins defensive assistant Patrick Surtain Sr. as its new defensive backs coach.

“It’s an honor to be becoming a member of the Florida State football household,” Surtain mentioned. “When my NFL profession completed, I knew I wished to make an impression on the subsequent era, and that is why I began teaching. Through my time teaching highschool and within the NFL I’ve skilled learn how to maximize student-athletes’ potential coming into faculty and put together them to be impactful on the subsequent degree. I respect the chance to proceed constructing on the DBU legacy right here at Florida State. I’m excited to hit the bottom working with our present staff and to start out assembly future Seminoles.”

Surtain, who additionally was head coach at American Heritage High School in Plantation for six seasons and gained 3 state championships there, is about to interchange now-Arkansas Razorback co-defensive coordinator Marcus Woodson.

“I’m extremely excited to have Patrick Surtain becoming a member of the Nole Family,” Norvell mentioned. “He brings a wealth of enjoying and training expertise on the highest ranges and has prioritized real relationships and growing gamers on and off the sector. Patrick was an elite NFL participant for greater than a decade after which earned outstanding success as a highschool coach in South Florida earlier than persevering with his improvement as an NFL coach. I’m blissful for our student-athletes who will obtain top-notch abilities instruction whereas additionally studying life classes from Coach Surtain.”

The full launch, through FSU Sports Info:

Florida State has employed NFL veteran and long-time South Florida highschool coach Patrick Surtain Sr. from the Miami Dolphins to coach the Seminoles’ defensive backs, head coach Mike Norvell introduced Wednesday.

“I’m extremely excited to have Patrick Surtain becoming a member of the Nole Family,” Norvell mentioned. “He brings a wealth of enjoying and training expertise on the highest ranges and has prioritized real relationships and growing gamers on and off the sector. Patrick was an elite NFL participant for greater than a decade after which earned outstanding success as a highschool coach in South Florida earlier than persevering with his improvement as an NFL coach. I’m blissful for our student-athletes who will obtain top-notch abilities instruction whereas additionally studying life classes from Coach Surtain.”

Surtain joins the Florida State football program after serving as a defensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins in 2022. He spent the earlier 9 seasons, together with six as head coach, at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, and was named the 2020 High School Football America National Coach of the Year. He led the Patriots to a few state championships in his six seasons as head coach whereas growing quite a few Division I gamers and NFL Draft picks, together with Brian Burns who was the sixteenth general choice within the 2019 NFL Draft after a three-year profession at Florida State.

During the 2021 NFL Draft alone, six former Surtain pupils from American Heritage have been chosen. Cornerback Patrick Surtain II was the ninth general decide by the Denver Broncos and earned a variety to the Pro Bowl following the 2022 season. Cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Marco Wilson have been taken within the second and fourth rounds, respectively, broad receiver Anthony Schwartz was a third-round choice, defensive sort out Tedarrell Slaton was taken within the fifth spherical and working again Khalil Herbert was picked within the sixth spherical.

“It’s an honor to be becoming a member of the Florida State football household,” Surtain mentioned. “When my NFL profession completed, I knew I wished to make an impression on the subsequent era, and that is why I began teaching. Through my time teaching highschool and within the NFL I’ve skilled learn how to maximize student-athletes’ potential coming into faculty and put together them to be impactful on the subsequent degree. I respect the chance to proceed constructing on the DBU legacy right here at Florida State. I’m excited to hit the bottom working with our present staff and to start out assembly future Seminoles.”

Surtain performed 11 seasons within the NFL, spending seven years with the Dolphins after they drafted him within the second spherical of the 1998 NFL Draft and 4 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a two-time All-Pro and was chosen to the Pro Bowl after the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons. Additionally, he was named the 2002 NFL Alumni Association’s Defensive Back of the Year. For his profession, he appeared in 163 video games with 131 begins and recorded 547 tackles, together with 435 solo stops, with 26.0 tackles for loss, 37 interceptions, eight pressured fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. His 29 interceptions with the Dolphins are tied for fourth in franchise historical past.

Surtain, who performed 4 years at Southern Miss, was a second-team All-American and the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and a first-team all-conference choice in 1996 and 1997. His 16 interceptions and 31 move breakups rank third and fourth, respectively, on the varsity’s profession lists. He was a 2011 inductee into the Southern Miss Hall of Fame, was named to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 2021 and might be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023.

Originally from New Orleans, Surtain earned his bachelor’s diploma in teaching and sports activities administration from Southern Miss in 1998. He and his spouse, Michelle, have three youngsters, Patrick II, Paris and Parker.

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