UWO football coach Cerroni retires after 15 seasons

Pat Cerroni is stepping away as the winningest coach in UW Oshkosh football history.
Posted at 7:45 PM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 00:00:54-05

OSHKOSH, Wis. (NBC 26) — Pat Cerroni, the winningest coach in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh football history, is calling it a career after 15 seasons leading the Titans.

Cerroni has been UWO's head coach since 2007, resurrecting the program and leading the Titans to four conference championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances - including a Division III National Runner-Up finish in 2016.

"Twenty-one years ago, I walked onto this campus and never realized what an impact it would make of my life," Cerroni said in a news release. "It has been a great journey. In my time all decisions that we made were based on one simple question: 'What is the best for the football program?'

"It's never easy saying goodbye, and it's hard to know when the best time is to walk away. I feel in my heart this is the perfect opportunity and what is best. My wife and I have been discussing this for over a year and right now it feels right."

When Cerroni took over the Titans football program in 2007, the Titans had had only one winning season in 18 seasons. Under his watch, they had 11 winning seasons in 15 years and UWO is now considered one of the best programs in DIII football.

Cerroni was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2020.