Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)/Special Teams Coordinator • Third Year • San Francisco State '78
Recruiting Area: Orange County
Dan Ferrigno (pronounced furr-REEN-yo) was hired in March 2017 as Cal Poly's wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator.
Ferrigno joined the Mustangs after two seasons as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at San Jose State. The entire Spartan coaching staff under head coach Ron Carragher was released after the 2016 season.
"I've known Dan since I was in college," said Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh. "He has coached at San Jose State and Cal and is an outstanding asset to our program. His experience and California connections help tremendously and his son (Brendan) played for me at Portland State."
The San Francisco native was hired at San Jose State after four seasons as the special teams coordinator and the tight ends coach at the University of Michigan.
Through the years, Ferrigno was part of 12 teams that played in a post-season bowl game and developed outstanding players in all phases of special teams play and pass receiving.
Ferrigno also oversaw the special teams units at San Diego State, Southern California, California and Oregon State. He served as tight ends coach at San Diego State, California, Pacific and San Francisco State.
The 1978 San Francisco State University graduate began his coaching career at San Francisco's Saint Ignatius High School in 1975. Three years later, he was the wide receivers and tight ends coach at his alma mater. Ferrigno moved to nearby University of the Pacific for the 1979 season with similar responsibilities.
His first of three coaching tenures at the University of California began in 1980 as a graduate assistant. Oregon State (1987-95), Cal (1996-99, 2006-07), USC (2000) Oregon (2001-05) are the four Pac-12 Conference schools where he served as an assistant football coach.
Ferrigno also coached at Western Michigan (1982-86) and San Diego State (2009-10). He was the special teams coordinator while at Oregon State, Cal, San Diego State and Michigan. Ferrigno's one head coaching experience was at St. Mary's High in Albany, Calif., for the 2008 football season.
As the wide receivers coach at California from 2006-07, Ferrigno helped the Bears post a 10-3 record in 2006 en route to winning the Holiday Bowl and a No. 14 final ranking in the AP poll. Thanks in part to wide receiver DeSean Jackson's Pac-10-best nine touchdowns in 2006, California's 280 points in conference play marked the second-highest total in school history.
From 2001-05, Ferrigno helped lead Oregon to four bowl games, aided by 23 100-yard receiving performances. He helped develop Keenan Howry into Oregon's first All-Pac-10 first-team wide receiver in 16 seasons, as well as Oregon's all-time leading receiver, Samie Parker.
Ferrigno coached tight end Tony Gonzalez at California. A first-team all-Pac-10 selection and NFL All-Pro, Gonzalez was the 13th overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1997 draft.
Dan, and his wife, Shawna, are the parents of three sons -- Brendan, Michael Conn and Kevin Conn -- and three daughters -- Meagan, Hannah and Sophia.