Bill Laveroni is in his sixth season in the NFL and with the Seahawks. The first two seasons he was the assistant offensive line coach to Tom Lovat, and he's been the line coach since Lovat retired at the end of the 2003 season. A Bay Area native, he began his coaching career in 1970 as the freshman offensive line coach at Cal, his alma mater where he was a three-year starter at center. He then coached the offensive line at the University of San Francisco for a year, and spent the next five years at St. Ignatius High School as an assistant coach for Seahawks offensive coordinator Gil Haskell. Laveroni then became head coach at Piedmont High School in 1977. From 1978-2001, he was an assistant coach in college football in varying capacities on both lines, at linebacker and special teams (at Cal in 1978 and 1983-89; Utah State 1979-82; San Jose State 1990-1994; Rutgers from 1996-2000; and Vanderbilt in 2001), with the lone exception being 1995 when he was the offensive and defensive line for the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League. His degree from Cal is in criminology and he also attained his master's degree in education with a teaching credential from the University of San Francisco. He and his wife Patty have a 9-year-old son Anthony.
The following 10 questions asked of Laveroni were answered with the same earnest approach he has taken every day with the Seahawks.
Do you have a defining moment in football?
Going to Super Bowl XL was by far the highlight. First of all, I never thought I'd coach in the NFL, and then to be in the NFL and coach in the Super Bowl was unbelievable experience.
What was your defining moment out of football?
My son Anthony is 9 years old and he's the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life.
If you weren't a head coach in the NFL, what would you be doing?
I'd like to coach a high school freshman football team, or a Pop Warner. I'd like to go back with no stress and say, 'Hey, here are the fundamentals of the game, this is why it's a fun game.' And I would teach them how to play unselfishly as a team and enjoy the game.
Who was your role model?
My mom and dad: Michaela and Edward.
What was the last movie you saw?
What was the last non-football sporting event you attended?
Anthony had a musical – he was a court jester in a play.*
What was the last non-sports TV show you watched?
The Biography channel, and the history of the Black Mafia in Detroit.
What's your favorite hobby outside of sports?
My wife and I are scuba divers.
What is your favorite meal?
Who are the other three people in your dream golf foursome?
Keith Gilbertson, Terry Shea, and Mario Verduzco.