A National Football League veteran, and a Youngstown native, Mike Zordich is the co-special team’s coordinator and safeties coach for the YSU football program.
As a player, he spent a total of 12 years in the NFL - five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, five with the Arizona Cardinals and two with New York Jets. He retired from the league following the 1998 season, which he spent in Philadelphia.
In 2014, safeties Donald D'Alesio and Tre' Moore had career years. D'Alesio registered 91 tackles, broke up nine passes and had two interceptions. Moore came on strong and finished with 78 total tackles, including 50 solo stops. He had a team-high four interceptions, two of which came in a victory at Missouri State. The duo started the final nine games as the Guins' safeties.
The defense showed improvement throughout the season allowing 23.5 points for the year, the lowest per game total since 2009. The secondary's coverage played a key role as the Guins finished with 29 sacks the most for the program since 2002.
Zordich served as the safeties coach for the Eagles in 2011 and 2012. In 2009 and 2010 he served in a quality control room for the Eagles’ defense. He joined the Philadelphia staff after coaching the safeties with YSU in the spring of 2009. He also coached locally on the high school level as an assistant at Chaney High School and Cardinal Mooney High School.
During his NFL career, Zordich played in 185 games, making 125 starts as a safety. He finished his career with nearly 600 total tackles, 20 interceptions and scored four touchdowns. He returned interceptions for touchdowns in 1988, 1989 and 1994 and returned a fumble for a score in 1995. He also had 11 fumble recoveries, six sacks and six forced fumbles during his career.
After an All-America career at Penn State, Zordich was drafted in the ninth round of the 1986 draft by the San Diego Chargers.