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  Nick Quartaro
Nick Quartaro
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Assistant Head Coach

Nick Quartaro, who rebuilt a formerly winless football program at Fordham and was associate head coach and tutored Kansas State’s tight ends and special teams in the Wildcats’ gridiron turnaround, joined Iowa State’s coaching staff as assistant head coach in February of 1998. Quartaro brings recognized expertise to his role as receivers coach, renewing a bond he forged with Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney when both played at Iowa.

Quartaro’s steadying influence on Iowa State’s wide receivers has been profound. Iowa State began the 1998 season without a returnee at wide receiver. Under Quartaro, junior college transfer Damien Groce had an all-Big 12 season and combined with Chris Anthony to catch more balls than the much-heralded 1997 receiving duo of Ty Watley and Ed Williams. Last season, the Cyclones overcame Groce’s career-ending injury early in the season. Anthony provided week-to-week consistency and under Quartaro’s guidance Michael Brantley and J. J. Moses moved their games to a higher level.

With Quartaro as special teams coach the past two seasons, Iowa State improved in kickoff return average and jumped from 100th to 52nd nationally from 1997 to 1998 in net punting. ISU blocked three punts while being one of four Big 12 teams to not allow a punt to be blocked during the 1998 campaign. Opponents’ punt return average dropped from 12.2 yards per attempt in 1998 to 7.7 yards per return last fall.

Quartaro was named head coach at Fordham University in 1994 and spent four years building a winner. In 1995, the Rams posted their best record on the I-AA level, then bettered that in his final season, 1997, by finishing with a best-ever 4-2 mark and third place in the Patriot League.

Quartaro’s head coaching stay at Fordham was preceded by an immensely successful five-year tenure at Kansas State, where as a member of Bill Snyder’s original staff, he served as the Wildcats’ associate head coach his final three seasons. In 1993, his final year at KSU, the Wildcats went 9-2-1, defeated Wyoming in the Copper Bowl and finished the season ranked 18th in The Associated Press poll. Quartaro’s KSU pupils included All-America punter Sean Snyder.

As a college freshman, Quartaro lettered as a defensive end/kicker at Xavier (Ohio), then transferred to Iowa, becoming the Hawkeyes’ kicker for three seasons. He finished his career as Iowa’s second all-time leading scorer. The 1977 Iowa graduate later coached the defensive line, secondary and special teams for five years at Northwestern University under current Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green. At Northwestern, Quartaro coached future 14-year NFL punter John Kidd and special teams dynamo Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills. Pittsburgh Steelers kick-returner Andre Coleman played for Quartaro at Kansas State.

When Drake began its NCAA non-scholarship era in collegiate football, Quartaro was chosen to start the program. Quartaro’s Bulldogs posted a 5-5 record in 1987 and a 7-3 mark in 1988.

Born Oct. 5, 1955, Quartaro and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Andria (20) and Tony (16).

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