Pat Cerroni has elevated the profile of the UW-Oshkosh football program during his nine seasons as head coach of the Titans.
UW-Oshkosh’s 121-year history features 10 seasons of seven-plus wins, and five of those campaigns were under Cerroni, the school’s 23rd head coach. Cerroni has guided the Titans to a 64-32 record (.667 winning percentage), including marks of 13-1 in 2012 and 11-2 in 2015.
Cerroni was named both the AFCA Region 5 and WIAC Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2015. He was also selected as the 2012 West Region Coach of the Year by D3football.com.
Cerroni has coached 36 players to 45 All-WIAC First Team laurels, 25 players to 28 All-Region citations and 13 players to 16 All-America selections. Titan quarterback Nate Wara was named the NCAA Division III Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 by D3football.com, and punter Nate Ray was chosen to the NCAA Division II-III, NAIA Little America Second Team in 2014 by the Associated Press.
In 2015, UW-Oshkosh advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship and concluded the season with an 11-2 record. The Titans ended UW-Whitewater's NCAA-leading 36-game winning streak with a 10-7 decision in the regular season and established a WIAC record with 829 yards of offense during a 69-14 rout over UW-Stout.
UW-Oshkosh ceded just six fourth-quarter points during the 2015 campaign while becoming the first team in WIAC history to score 60 or more points three times in a season as quarterback Brett Kasper was named the WIAC Offensive Player of the Year. The Titans set a school record for points in a game with their 86-0 triumph over Finlandia University (Mich.) en route to scoring a program-record 550 points on the season. Defensively, UW-Oshkosh produced four shutouts in the same season for the first time since 1933.
In 2014, Cerroni led UW-Oshkosh to a second-place finish in the WIAC with a 6-1 record. The Titans' sole league loss was at top-ranked and eventual national champion UW-Whitewater.
In 2013, Cerroni coached UW-Oshkosh to wins in its first six games. The Titans peaked at eighth in the national rankings before finishing the season 11th. UW-Oshkosh’s only defeats were by scores of 17-14 to fifth-ranked and eventual NCAA Division III champion UW-Whitewater and 17-16 to 10th-ranked UW-Platteville. The Titans finished third in the WIAC standings with a 5-2 record.
UW-Oshkosh won its first 13 games of the 2012 season before suffering a 28-14 loss to fourth-ranked University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship. The fifth-ranked Titans posted victories over five nationally ranked teams, including wins of 31-24 over third-ranked Linfield College (Ore.), 28-13 over fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater and 34-13 over 14th-ranked UW-Platteville.
Cerroni directed the Titans to their first national tournament appearance. UW-Oshkosh also captured the WIAC championship that year for its first league title since 1976. A program record seven Titans were named to the D3football.com All-America Team.
In 2011, the Titans went 7-3 and finished second in the WIAC listings. UW-Oshkosh suffered losses that season of 20-17 to top-ranked and eventual national champion UW-Whitewater, 41-17 to second-ranked University of Mount Union (Ohio) and 30-24 (overtime) to UW-La Crosse. Cerroni’s first UW-Oshkosh team in 2007 also went 7-3.
Cerroni, who joined the Titans as an assistant coach in 2000, guided the school’s first win over UW-La Crosse since 1972 with a 28-17 victory in 2010.
Cerroni came to UW-Oshkosh after three seasons as the head coach of Menomonee Falls High School. In 1997, he guided the Indians to a 7-4 record and an upset victory of defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead High School in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 Playoffs.
Prior to Menomonee Falls, Cerroni was an assistant coach at Hartland Arrowhead and Waukesha Catholic Memorial high schools. During Cerroni’s four seasons at Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School, he helped the Crusaders to Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 1 state titles in 1993 and 1996.
Cerroni and his UW-Oshkosh football team have performed several community services projects over the past seven years, including events associated with the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club, Oshkosh YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Old Glory Honor Flight, and Feeding America. In 2015, Cerroni received the Excellence In Leadership Award for his work with Be The Match®, a National Marrow Donor Program.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force (1984-88), Cerroni earned his bachelor's degree from Carroll University in 1992 and his master's from UW-Oshkosh in 2004. The Johnson Creek native was a member of Carroll University's 1988 football team that shared the CCIW title.
Cerroni and his wife, Tammy, are the parents of daughter, Kali, and son, Kyle.