Mike Zordich
Mike Zordich
Title: Safeties/Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Email: mezordich@ysu.edu
Alma Mater: Penn State, 1986

A National Football League veteran, and a Youngstown native, Mike Zordich is the co-special team’s coordinator and safeties coach for the YSU football program.

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.

In 2014, safeties Donald D'Alesio and Tre' Moore had career years. D'Alesio registered 91 tackles, broke up nine passes and had two interceptions. Moore came on strong and finished with 78 total tackles, including 50 solo stops. He had a team-high four interceptions, two of which came in a victory at Missouri State. The duo started the final nine games as the Guins' safeties.

The defense showed improvement throughout the season allowing 23.5 points for the year, the lowest per game total since 2009. The secondary's coverage played a key role as the Guins finished with 29 sacks the most for the program since 2002.

Zordich served as the safeties coach for the Eagles in 2011 and 2012. In 2009 and 2010 he served in a quality control room for the Eagles’ defense. 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.

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.

After an All-America career at Penn State, Zordich was drafted in the ninth round of the 1986 draft by the San Diego Chargers.

He joined the Jets in 1987 playing in 10 games, mostly on special teams. In 1988, he returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown while appearing in all 16 games.
He spent the next five seasons playing in Arizona for the then Phoenix Cardinals. In Phoenix, he 289 total tackles and seven interceptions. He played 80 games and started 49 for the Cardinals. During the 1991 and 1992 seasons, he started every game.

Zordich ended his career with a stellar five years with the Eagles. For Philadelphia, he started 79 of a possible 80 games over a five-year period. During his final four seasons he was team captain and he led the team in tackles his first year in 1994. He had 12 interceptions, four sacks, four forced fumbles and 281 tackles. He returned an interception and a fumble for a score while playing for the franchise. For his efforts he was a two-time All-Madden Team selection. He reached the playoffs twice with the franchise in 1996 and 1997.

At Penn State, Zordich was an All-America safety for the Nittany Lions as a senior while serving as a team captain. He earned All-America accolades by the Football Writers and Scripps-Howard following the 1985 campaign. He had 60 tackles that season and returned an interception for a touchdown against Maryland. For his career, he recorded 201 tackles.

Zordich earned his bachelor's in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Penn State in 1986. He is a graduate of Chaney High School.

Michael and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Canfield. They have two sons, Michael and Alex, and a daughter Aidan. Michael is a fullback for the Carolina Panthers. Alex played quarterback at Buffalo while Aidan is a senior at Penn State.