Youngstown State Head Coach Eric Wolford announced on Wednesday that Mike Zordich, a Youngstown native and 12-year NFL safety, has joined the coaching staff. Zordich will coach the safeties and be co-special teams coordinator.
Zordich spent four seasons on the staff with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009-12 in various capacities on the defensive side of the ball. He spent two years as a quality control assistant coached the Eagles' safeties in 2011 and 2012.
As a player, he spent a total of 12 years in the NFL - five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, five with the Arizona Cardinals and two with New York Jets. He retired from the league following the 1998 season, which he spent in Philadelphia.
During his NFL career, Zordich played in 185 games, making 125 starts as a safety. He finished his career with nearly 600 total tackles, 20 interceptions and scored four touchdowns. He returned interceptions for touchdowns in 1988, 1989 and 1994 and returned a fumble for a score in 1995. He also had 11 fumble recoveries, six sacks and six forced fumbles during his career.
He joined the Philadelphia staff after coaching the safeties with YSU in the spring of 2009. He also coached locally on the high school level as an assistant at Chaney High School and Cardinal Mooney High School.