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Nate Kaczor
Special Teams Coordinator

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Nate Kaczor (pronounced Kat-sir) enters his second season as special teams coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

In his first year with the team, Kaczor worked with punter Bryan Anger, who set Buccaneers records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), with both of those ranking in the top five in the NFL in 2016. Anger and Josh Robinson were key members of a punt coverage unit that ranked fourth in the NFL in punt return average allowed, limiting opponents to just 5.3 yards per punt return. Robinson led Tampa Bay with 12 solo special teams tackles, tied for the third-most in the NFL last season.

Kaczor came to Tampa Bay having spent the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, the past three as the teams’ special teams coordinator (2013-15) after being hired as the assistant offensive line coach in his first season (2012). In 2015, the Titans tied for the NFL lead in special teams takeaways, while in 2013 Kaczor’s unit ranked in third in the league in opponent punt return average and eighth in kickoff return average.

In three seasons under Kaczor, Titans punter Brett Kern tied for the third-most punts inside the 20 (94) in the NFL. In 2015, despite punting 88 times, Kern saw only one touchback on the year. In 2014, Kern posted a net average of 40.8, a career best and a Titans franchise record. Kaczor also worked with kicker Ryan Succop, who set a career high in field goal percentage in 2015 (87.5), surpassing the career best he had established the season before.

Kaczor entered the NFL as an assistant special teams coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, working there from 2008-11. During those four years, Jacksonville had one of the league’s top special teams coverage units, allowing the lowest punt return average in the NFL (6.5 avg.) and the eighth-lowest kickoff return average (21.8 avg.). In each of Kaczor’s final two seasons, Montell Owens earned Pro Bowl recognition as a special teams player.                                                     

Prior to joining the NFL, Kaczor spent 17 years coaching in college, the final two working as offensive coordinator (2007) and tight ends coach (2006) at Louisiana-Monroe. In his only season as offensive coordinator, the team ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing offense and averaged its most points scored since 1993. Before his time at Louisiana-Monroe, Kaczor spent two seasons (2004-05) as the co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach at Idaho and four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Nebraska-Kearney (2000-03). Kaczor began his coaching career as an offensive assistant at his alma mater, Utah State, working as an offensive assistant for nine seasons (1991-99), helping the team win three conference championships.

A center at Utah State, Kaczor was a team captain, who earned all-conference honors in 1989. A native of Scott City, Kansas, he and his wife, Angie, have two children, Kaylee and Micah.

Kaczor AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1987-89

Utah State, Player

1991-99

Utah State, Offensive Assistant

2000-03

Nebraska-Kearney, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

2004-05

Idaho, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach

2006

Louisiana-Monroe, Tight Ends Coach

2007

Louisiana-Monroe, Co-Offensive Coordinator

2008-11

Jacksonville Jaguars, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2012

Tennessee Titans, Assistant Offensive Line Coach

2013-15

Tennessee Titans, Special Teams Coordinator

2016-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Special Teams Coordinator

Nate Kaczor (pronounced Kat-sir) enters his second season as special teams coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

In his first year with the team, Kaczor worked with punter Bryan Anger, who set Buccaneers records for both punts inside the 20 (37) and net punting average (42.7), with both of those ranking in the top five in the NFL in 2016. Anger and Josh Robinson were key members of a punt coverage unit that ranked fourth in the NFL in punt return average allowed, limiting opponents to just 5.3 yards per punt return. Robinson led Tampa Bay with 12 solo special teams tackles, tied for the third-most in the NFL last season.

Kaczor came to Tampa Bay having spent the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, the past three as the teams’ special teams coordinator (2013-15) after being hired as the assistant offensive line coach in his first season (2012). In 2015, the Titans tied for the NFL lead in special teams takeaways, while in 2013 Kaczor’s unit ranked in third in the league in opponent punt return average and eighth in kickoff return average.

In three seasons under Kaczor, Titans punter Brett Kern tied for the third-most punts inside the 20 (94) in the NFL. In 2015, despite punting 88 times, Kern saw only one touchback on the year. In 2014, Kern posted a net average of 40.8, a career best and a Titans franchise record. Kaczor also worked with kicker Ryan Succop, who set a career high in field goal percentage in 2015 (87.5), surpassing the career best he had established the season before.

Kaczor entered the NFL as an assistant special teams coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, working there from 2008-11. During those four years, Jacksonville had one of the league’s top special teams coverage units, allowing the lowest punt return average in the NFL (6.5 avg.) and the eighth-lowest kickoff return average (21.8 avg.). In each of Kaczor’s final two seasons, Montell Owens earned Pro Bowl recognition as a special teams player.                                                     

Prior to joining the NFL, Kaczor spent 17 years coaching in college, the final two working as offensive coordinator (2007) and tight ends coach (2006) at Louisiana-Monroe. In his only season as offensive coordinator, the team ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing offense and averaged its most points scored since 1993. Before his time at Louisiana-Monroe, Kaczor spent two seasons (2004-05) as the co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach at Idaho and four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Nebraska-Kearney (2000-03). Kaczor began his coaching career as an offensive assistant at his alma mater, Utah State, working as an offensive assistant for nine seasons (1991-99), helping the team win three conference championships.

A center at Utah State, Kaczor was a team captain, who earned all-conference honors in 1989. A native of Scott City, Kansas, he and his wife, Angie, have two children, Kaylee and Micah.

Kaczor AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1987-89

Utah State, Player

1991-99

Utah State, Offensive Assistant

2000-03

Nebraska-Kearney, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach

2004-05

Idaho, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach

2006

Louisiana-Monroe, Tight Ends Coach

2007

Louisiana-Monroe, Co-Offensive Coordinator

2008-11

Jacksonville Jaguars, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2012

Tennessee Titans, Assistant Offensive Line Coach

2013-15

Tennessee Titans, Special Teams Coordinator

2016-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Special Teams Coordinator