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Nick Quartaro is in his fifth year as assistant head coach and enters his three year as the tight ends coach after spending the previous two seasons coaching the wide receivers.
Quartaro brings over 30 years of college coaching experience, including seven years as a head coach, to the Mean Green.
Last season, Quartaro saw the rise of Marcus Smith as a key weapon at the tight end position. Smith caught 15 passes but six were for touchdowns. He led the team with six touchdown receptions.
In 2013, Quartaro used a deep rotation at the tight end sport to get pass catching production from Drew Miller along with some of the best blocking with Daniel Prior, Tanner Smith, and Marcus Smith.
Miller caught the go-ahead touchdown in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over UNLV in the third quarter. Miller finished as the fourth leading receiver for NT in 2013.
In 2012, Quartaro helped groom walk-on wide receiver Darnell Smith into the second-leading receiver on the team in 2012. Smith finished with career-highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns. The top two receivers for the Mean Green in 2012, Ivan Delgado and Smith, were both walk-ons who Quartaro coached the last two seasons.
When Brelan Chancellor went down with an injury late in 2012, true freshman Carlos Harris stepped in and ended the season as the fourth leading receiver.
In 2011, Quartaro helped develop the two leading wide receivers in Chancellor and Chris Bynes. Both had career-high marks in catches, yards, and touchdowns last season and Chancellor was named honorable mention all-conference.
Quartaro also helped in the growth of walk-on Delgado, who finished the season as the fourth leading receiver for the Mean Green. Quartaro developed an entirely new lineup at wide receiver composed of Delgado, Bynes, Chancellor, Michael Outlaw and Breece Johnson.
Prior to joining North Texas, Quartaro was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Kansas from 2002-06, where he helped the Jayhawks earn two bowl game appearances. During his time at Kansas, 19 offensive players earned Big 12 All-Conference accolades.
The 2005 Jayhawk offense set a school record for bowl-game total yards with 538 against Houston in Fort Worth Bowl, and in 2006 running back Jon Cornish led the Big 12 in rushing while setting a school record for yards in a season with 1,457.
Quartaro was with McCarney at Iowa State from 1998-2001 as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach and was instrumental in helping the Cyclones achieve back-to-back appearances in bowl games his last two seasons and the best combined record (16-7) in 23 years. His influence was felt in ISU’s 9-3 record, top-25 ranking and victory over Pittsburgh in the 2000 Insight.com Bowl.
Quartaro was named head coach at Fordham University in 1994 and spent four years building a winning program. In 1997, Quartaro’s last season, the Rams finished with their first-ever winning record in the Patriot League, a 4-2 mark, good for third place.
Prior to his appointment at Fordham, Quartaro had a five-year tenure as part of the original staff of Bill Snyder at Kansas State. Elevated to assistant head coach in his second year and associate head coach in his third season, Quartaro helped K-State to its first bowl game in the Snyder era in the 1993 Copper Bowl. He also had assignments as tight ends and special teams coach for the Wildcats.
Quartaro served as head coach at Drake University for three years (1986-88) and guided the Bulldogs to a 7-3 mark in his third and final year.
He also worked five years (1981-85) at Northwestern under former NFL head coach Dennis Green, assisting with the secondary, the defensive line and coordinating the special teams where he coached future 14-year NFL punter John Kidd and special-teams standout Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills.
Quartaro also worked as a high school head coach in Iowa and served as an assistant at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.
After starting his college playing career as a defensive end/kicker at Xavier (Ohio), Quartaro transferred to Iowa and became the Hawkeyes’ kicker for three seasons. He finished his career as Iowa’s second all-time leading scorer and was named academic all-conference as a junior. Quartaro spent time serving as a college football radio analyst in the Tampa Bay area while working in corporate management the last several years.
Quartaro and his wife, Stephanie, have two grown children, Andria and Tony.