Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes Larry Peccatiello

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December 23, 2009

By Bill Boehlke

Larry Peccatiello at work with the Seahawks defense in the Kingdome.

Larry Peccatiello at work with the Seahawks defense in the Kingdome.

 

Peccatiello205Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Larry Peccatiello is among the eight candidates to be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

Peccatiello was linebackers coach for the Seahawks in their inaugural 1976-77 season. In their second season, Seattle’s defense recorded 39 takeaways (2.8 per game) and held opposing quarterbacks to a 66.6 rating. He was Seattle’s defensive coordinator from 1978-80.

“I worked with a lot of fine coaches in my career and I consider Larry one of the very best,” said former NFL head coach Jim Mora (father of former Seahawks coach Jim Mora Jr.). “I learned a lot from Larry that proved beneficial to me later in my career. He was as dedicated and hard working as any coach I have ever worked with.”

Peccatiello, a 1957 graduate of William and Mary, was named All-American his senior year. He was inducted into the William and Mary Hall of Fame in 1974. After a two year stint in the Army, Peccatiello returned to Williamsburg in 1961 where he began his coaching career that spanned over six decades.

In 1981, Peccatiello joined the defensive coaching staff of the Washington Redskins where he remained through 1993, claiming three Super Bowls (1983, 1988, 1992) under head coach Joe Gibbs. He coached for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1994-1996 and finished his coaching career with the Detroit Lions before retiring in 2001.

The 39th annual induction ceremony will take place on April 24, 2010, at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center, as the crowning event of Hall of Fame Weekend.

Career Highlights:

•Player – 4 Seasons (1954-57)
•College Coach – 12 Seasons (1958, 1961-71)
•NFL Coach – 29 Seasons (1972-2000)

Honors:

•All Southern Conference (1956-57)
•Runner-up All Southern Conference Player of the Year (1957)
•Honorable Mention All American (1957)
•Team Captain (1957)
•Member of the William & Mary Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted 1975)
•Member of the Newark (NJ) Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted 1994)
•Tucker L Jones Award (College Senior) for Excellence in Academics and Athletics

The 2010 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class:

•Herman Moore, University of Virginia All-American football player and 1st round draft choice for the Detroit Lions in 1991.
•Whitney Hedgepeth, All-American swimmer at University of Texas and Olympic Gold medalist.
•Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown University All-American, NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist in 2000.
•Jim Dombrowski, member of the College Football Hall of Fame and 11 year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints.
•Dave Robbins, the winningest college basketball coach in Virginia history from Virginia Union University with an overall record of 693-175.
Larry Peccatiello, William and Mary Hall of Fame football inductee and 40 year professional coaching career in the NFL.
•Helmut Werner, All-American soccer player at Lynchburg College and 43 year coaching career at Randolph Macon College.
•Jim Ducibella, Virginia Press Association Award recipient and over 20 years of coverage of professional football and golf.

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