Kirk Olivadotti
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Kirk Olivadotti

Kirk Olivadotti
Green Bay Packers
Position:Inside linebackers coach
Personal information
Born: (1974-01-01) January 1, 1974 (age 45)
Wilmington, Delaware
Career information
High school:St. Thomas Aquinas
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Career history
As coach:

Kirk Olivadotti (born January 1, 1974)[1][2] is an American football coach who is currently the Inside Linebackers Coach for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).

Early life

Kirk Olivadotti was born in Wilmington, Delaware[1] to Karen and Tom Olivadotti.[3] Now retired, Tom spent 40 years coaching football at the high school, college, and professional levels, the latter consisting of 21 years as a defensive coach for NFL teams such as the Cleveland Browns (1985-1986), the Miami Dolphins (1987-1995), the Minnesota Vikings (1996-1999), the New York Giants (2000-2003), and the Houston Texans (2004-2005).[4][5]

Kirk attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida[6] from 1988 to 1992, where he played wide receiver on the school's football team. He then went on to Purdue University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Education, followed by a Master's degree in Education Administration. While at Purdue, Olivadotti played as wide receiver and was a four-year letter winner from 1993 to 1996.[7][8]


Olivadotti began his coaching career at the college level, working with the Maine Maritime Academy's wide receivers and tight ends in 1997. He then spent two seasons (1998-1999) working as an assistant coach at Indiana State University.[7][8]

In 2000, Olivadotti began coaching the Washington Redskins' defense.[7][9] His time with the team would last for eleven seasons, making him the longest-tenured coach on the Redskins' staff at the time of his leave.[9] He worked in various positions, including defensive backs assistant (2002-2003), defensive quality control (2000-2001; 2004-2005), special teams assistant (2004-2006), defensive line (2006), linebackers coach (2007-2009), and defensive assistant (2010).[7][8][9] While working as a linebackers coach, Olivadotti tutored two linebackers, London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo, to their first Pro Bowl, the all-star game of the National Football League.[3][7]

In February 2011, Olivadotti was hired by University of Georgia coach Mark Richt to be the Bulldogs' new linebackers coach. He filled the spot vacated by Warren Belin when he left for the Carolina Panthers.[3][8][10] Olivadotti's father, Tom, had previously coached with University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the Houston Texans.[10] On January 16, 2014, it was announced that Olivadotti had rejoined the Redskin's staff to become their linebacker coach.

Personal life

Olivadotti married Keely Carter[11] from West Lafayette, Indiana[12] in February 2001.[2] They have two children.[7]

The family lived in Ashburn, Virginia while Olivadotti coached the Washington Redskins,[13][14][15] However, during his appointment to the Georgia Bulldogs, Olivadotti and his family moved to Athens, Georgia.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Kirk Olivadotti Profile". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Linebackers". Giants NY. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Georgia hires Kirk Olivadotti from Redskins". Fox News. Associated Press. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Tom Olivadotti". Omaha Nighthawks. Retrieved 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Tom Olivadotti (retired NFL coach)". Coaches Choice. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Alumni". St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Archived from the original on September 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Player Bio:Kirk Olivadotti". The University of Georgia Bulldogs. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d Kirk, Jason (February 16, 2011). "Kirk Olivadotti Hired As Georgia Bulldogs LB Coach, According To Report". SB Nation Atlanta. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ a b c Jones, Mike (February 16, 2011). "Defensive assistant Kirk Olivadotti leaving for Georgia; other coaching changes". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ a b Low, Chris (February 16, 2011). "Kirk Olivadotti joins Georgia's staff". ESPN. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Flemma, Jay. "Hoosier Daddy! Purdue Grad Overcomes Palm Tree, Wins Senior Amateur Tour Championship". Cyber Golf. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ a b Smith, Loran (April 23, 2011). "Olivadotti gets comfy at UGA". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "Kirk Olivadotti". Official Site of the Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on March 19, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "Redskins' Kirk Olivadotti Officially Named to Georgia Staff". College Football News. February 18, 2011. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "Olivadotti Named Inside Linebackers Coach at Georgia". University of Georgia Bulldogs. February 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011.

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