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Rocky Seto
Defensive Passing Game Coordinator
College:
USC
Experience:
3

Hired on February 4, 2010, in a quality control/ defense role, former USC linebacker Seto joined the NFL coaching ranks after 11 seasons at USC. On January 18, 2011, he was promoted to assist Kris Richard with the defensive backs, with his focus on the safeties group, and on February 14, 2012, was promoted to his current role.

Seto’s defensive backfield was one of the NFL’s most-improved, with three of its four starters playing in the Pro Bowl, with Earl Thomas being elected as a starter. They totaled 17 of the team’s 22 interceptions, its most since the 2004 season. Led by the Pro Bowl tandem of Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the two ranked second and third for most tackles on the team, combining for 186, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

Hired on February 4, 2010, in a quality control/ defense role, former USC linebacker Seto joined the NFL coaching ranks after 11 seasons at USC. On January 18, 2011, he was promoted to assist Kris Richard with the defensive backs, with his focus on the safeties group, and on February 14, 2012, was promoted to his current role.

Seto’s defensive backfield was one of the NFL’s most-improved, with three of its four starters playing in the Pro Bowl, with Earl Thomas being elected as a starter. They totaled 17 of the team’s 22 interceptions, its most since the 2004 season. Led by the Pro Bowl tandem of Thomas and Kam Chancellor, the two ranked second and third for most tackles on the team, combining for 186, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

Seto was USC’s defensive coordinator/secondary coach in 2009, after three seasons coaching the secondary from 2006-08, following two years of coaching the linebackers (2004-05).

During his time, safety Taylor Mays was an All-American first-teamer for three consecutive years, becoming just the fourth Trojan ever to be a three-time All-American, and he made his second consecutive All-Pac-10 first team.

In 2005, linebacker Rey Maualuga was a fresh man All-American first teamer, and in 2004, linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu were named All-American first teamers.

He spent the previous two years (2001-02) as a Trojan graduate assistant, the first year working with the defense in general and then handling the safeties in 2002 (where he worked with All-American first teamer and NFL first rounder Troy Polamalu).

Seto began his coaching career in 1999 as a volunteer assistant, working with the defense and special teams. He spent the 2000 season as an administrative graduate assistant.

He was a linebacker at USC for two seasons (1997-98) after transferring to USC from Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif., where he was a fullback and defensive end in 1995 and 1996. After spending 1997 as a walk-on, he earned a scholarship for the 1998 season.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from USC in 1999 after getting his associate’s degree in general studies from Mt. San Antonio in 1997. He then earned his master’s degree in public administration from USC in 2001.

Born on March 12, 1976, Seto and his wife, Sharla, who attended Newport High in Bellevue, have two daughters, Kaylani and Mia, and two sons, Troy and Timothy.

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