Chris Polizzi (pronounced po-leats-e), a first-year Utah graduate assistant, will work with the tight ends and also oversee the defensive scout teams. Polizzi comes to Utah after two years as an intern with the UCLA defensive staff.
In the four years previous to UCLA, he coached the tight ends and wide receivers (2005, 2006) and the secondary (2007, 2008) at Central Methodist University in Missouri.
Polizzi was a four-year starting cornerback for Lake Forest (Ill.) College from 2001-04 and tied for the team lead in interceptions as a freshman. Lake Forest was the 2002 Midwest Conference champion and won 28 games in his four years--the most wins by a class in school history.
A 2005 graduate of Lake Forest College with a degree in communications, Polizzi earned a master's degree in special education from Central Methodist in 2007. He is continuing graduate work at Utah in special education/vision impairment.
Polizzi, a native of Great Barrington, Mass., was born Sept. 13, 1982. He is engaged to marry Kelli Ritter.