Growing up in Easton, Penn., Chuck Amato probably never could have imagined how far football would take him.
Even as a star linebacker who went on to play at North Carolina State, a nearly 50-year coaching career probably would have seemed insane. However, it’s exactly how his life played out and this week that incredible career came to an end.
The current Akron defensive coordinator, former North Carolina State head coach and legendary Bobby Bowden assistant at Florida State announced his retirement on Monday afternoon, according to a report from Brett McMurphy.
After graduating from North Carolina State, Amato got his start in coaching back at Easton Area High School in 1969. However, he’d return to the Wolfpack to begin his collegiate coaching career in 1971.
Amato spent nine seasons at North Carolina State, rising from graduate assistant to defensive coordinator. He then spent two years at Arizona before being hired by Bowden at Florida State in 1982.
For the next 18 years, Amato remained an integral part of the Seminoles staff. He even spent the final 14 years of that stretch at Florida State as an associate head coach.
Eventually, he was given the head coaching job back at North Carolina State in 2000 and he’d go on to win 49 games in seven seasons at the helm of that program. He even led them to an 11-3 season, a Gator Bowl victory and a No. 12 ranking in the final AP poll of the 2002 season.
However, Amato was fired after a 3-9 season in 2006. He’d go on to return to Florida State and spent three more seasons with the program until Bowden retired in 2009.
After beating throat cancer, Amato returned to coach under Bowden’s son Terry at Akron, where he has remained since 2012.
At age 71, Amato spent 48 seasons in coaching spread out over 50 years. And many will remember him most for his time at Florida State.
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