Steve Sarkisian Biography
Stephen Sarkisian is an American former player and football coach. He is the head football coach at the University of Texas at Austin, a position he has held since January 2021.
Steve Sarkisian Age
Steve was born in Torrance, California, United States, on 8 March 1974. He is 49 years old.
Steve Sarkisian Height
Sarkisian stands at a moderate height of 6 feet 2 inches.
Steve Sarkisian Education
Steve attended and graduated from West High School in Torrance, California. Later, he graduated from the University of Southern California.
Steve Sarkisian Family
He was born and raised by his caring parents in Torrance, California, United States. Steve has seven siblings including Dave Sarkisian.
Steve Sarkisian Wife
He was earlier married to his pretty wife Stephanie Sarkisian. The duo had three children: Taylor Sarkisian, Brady Sarkisian, and Ashley Sarkisian. Steve is married to Loreal Smith, a former collegiate track star and coach.
Steve Sarkisian Children
Steve is a proud father of three children: Taylor Sarkisian, Brady Sarkisian, and Ashley Sarkisian.
Steve Sarkisian Salary
Steve earns an annual salary of $5.2 million.
Steve Sarkisian’s Net worth
Sarkisian has an approximate net worth of $8 million.
Steve Sarkisian Career
He started his collegiate athletic career at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1992 as a non-scholarship middle infielder on the Trojans baseball team. Steve struggled to play NCAA Division I baseball. He was transferred to his hometown of Torrance, where he played shortstop at a two-year community college adjacent after a semester to El Camino College.
In 1993, As a redshirt freshman, He earned All-Mission Conference honors. In his sophomore season, Steve after setting a national junior college record by completing 72.4 percent of his passes was named a junior college All-American.
The previous starting quarterback, John Walsh, was also a friend of Sarkisian and from Torrance. In the 1995 NFL Draft, Walsh left school a year early to enter creating a void in the depth chart; In December 1994, Steve accepted a scholarship with BYU. As a senior, Steve passed for 536 yards and six touchdowns in the Cougars’ 41–37 upset opened BYU’s 1996 season victory over Texas A&M in the Pigskin Classic. The 536 yards passing against Texas A&M were the most ever by a player.
He played professionally in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for three seasons, from 1997 to 1999, for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Sarkisian was a starter in the 1999 season, finishing with 21 interceptions and 16 touchdown passes. His team prompting Sarkisian to end his playing career finished with a dismal 3–15 record.
The following season, Steve at USC joined his former coach, Norm Chow. Chow was hired by new head coach Pete Carroll as USC’s offensive coordinator. Sarkisian served in 2001 as an offensive assistant and then in 2002 and 2003 as a quarterbacks coach. In 2004, He moved to the professional ranks for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL as a quarterbacks coach.
Following the completion of a winless 2008 season, the University of Washington during a press conference in the Don James Center at Husky Stadium on December 8, 2008, introduced Steve as its 23rd head football coach. He signed a contract that paid him $1.75 million in 2009, with a salary increasing to $2.3 million by 2013.
In his first year as head coach in 2009, Washington scored a huge upset of His former team, with a last-second field goal defeating #3 USC 16–13. The Huskies went 6–6 in 2010, In his second season as head coach of Washington. The Huskies again with a game-ending field goal, this time in Los Angeles defeated USC. At midseason, UW had alternated wins and losses and was 3–3, then was outscored 138–30 in the next three games, all losses against Stanford, Arizona, and Oregon.
In 2012, the Washington Huskies again lost to Boise State in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas following a 28–26 finish of 7-6 yet. As his previous campaigns had gone, His 2012 Washington team defeated most of the lower-level Pac-12 teams but the upper-level ones were blown out.
On December 2, 2013, Steve chose to return to USC, accepting the head coaching position. His goal was to get USC back to its winning ways finally ending with NCAA sanctions. Like Lane Kiffin, He served as the de facto offensive coordinator and called all plays on offense.
On September 8, 2014, Steve and USC athletic director Pat Haden for attempting “to influence the officiating were reprimanded by Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott, and during the September 6 game with Stanford. Haden was fined $25,000, ultimately the outcome of a contest”.
On October 11, 2015, Haden announced Steve would take an indefinite leave of absence. Haden contacted Him after he learned that Steve had not shown up to a scheduled practice on October 11, 2015. In September 2016, Alabama for their football team hired Sarkisian as an analyst. Following Lane Kiffin’s departure to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic, Steve was promoted on January 2, 2017, to the Alabama offensive coordinator position. He stepped into the role against Clemson in the National Championship game.
On February 7, 2017, Sarkisian was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as offensive coordinator, taking over for the recently departed Kyle Shanahan who left to become the head coach of the 49ers. The offense’s scoring output dropped from 33.8 points per game (leading the NFL in 2016) to 22.1 points per game in 2017 under his guidance. In 2018, the offense’s scoring per game improved to 25.9 points. On December 31, 2018, he was fired as offensive coordinator.
In January 2019, Alabama re-hired Steve as the offensive coordinator. In 2020, Stevedue to COVID-19 protocols served for Alabama’s 42–13 victory over Auburn after Nick Saban had to be quarantined as interim head coach. During his second stint at Alabama, Sarkisian coached quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones. Steve won the Broyles Award, for his coaching during the 2020 season given to the nation’s top coaching assistant. Steve also won the FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year award voted on by previous winners of the award.
At the beginning of His first season at Texas as the head football coach, the Longhorns in the AP Poll were ranked No. 21. Sarkisian started the year over the No. 23 ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns by leading the Longhorns to a 38–18 victory. In Week 2 of the 2021 season, the Longhorns in the first matchup in the Arkansas–Texas football rivalry since the 2014 Texas Bowl were defeated 21–40 by the Arkansas Razorbacks. In the following weeks, Steve led the Longhorns to a 70–35 victory over Texas Tech, a 58–0 victory over Rice, and a 32–27 victory over TCU.