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Norm Chow
Chow at a 2008 game
Chow at a 2008 game
Title Offensive coordinator
College UCLA
Sport Football
Conference Pac-10
Born May 3, 1946 (1946-05-03) (age 63)
Place of birth Honolulu, HI
Career highlights
2002 Broyles Award
Playing career
1965–1967 Utah
Position Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Brigham Young (OC)
NC State (OC)
Tennessee Titans (OC)

Norman Chow (Chinese: pinyin: Zhōu Yǒuxián, born May 3, 1946(1946-05-03) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) is the offensive coordinator for the UCLA Bruins.[1] He has also been an offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tennessee Titans, the University of Southern California, North Carolina State University, and Brigham Young University.

Chow won the 2002 Broyles Award as the nation's top collegiate assistant coach. He also was named the 2002 NCAA Division I-A Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Monthly and was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 1999 by the American Football Foundation. He is known for developing quarterbacks such as Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Ty Detmer, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinart.[2]


Education and playing career

Chow, a native of Honolulu, and an alumnus of Punahou School, played college football for the University of Utah. Chow was a 2-year starter and a 3-year letterman offensive guard for the Utes. In his senior season, Chow was named to the All-WAC first team and gained All-America honorable mention honors. He then played briefly in the Canadian Football League, for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, before an injury ended his professional athletic career. He was selected to Utah's All-Century Team.

He received his master's degree in special education from Utah and a doctorate in educational psychology, Ed.D., from Brigham Young University in 1978.[3]

Coaching career

Chow served as BYU's offensive coordinator from 1982 to 1999, during which time he helped coach the Cougars to their only national title in 1984, which is also the last time a non-BCS school (sometimes called a mid-major) won the NCAA Division I FBS (then I-A) national championship. The BYU Cougars scored 30 or more points in 106 of 181 games. He then left BYU for a short stint as the offensive coordinator at NC State, before accepting the position of offensive coordinator at the University of Southern California.

In 23 seasons as an offensive coordinator, Chow coached 8 of the top 14 career passing-efficiency leaders, and 13 quarterbacks who rank among the top 30 in NCAA history for single-season passing yardage. His list of pupils include: Steve Young; Philip Rivers; Robbie Bosco; and, Heisman Trophy winners Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinart.

Chow helped lead the Trojans to the 2003 Associated Press (sportswriters' poll) National Championship, (their first national title since 1978), and the 2004 BCS National Championship.

He left USC in spring 2005, after unsuccessfully interviewing for the Stanford University head coaching vacancy, for a job offer to be the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. Their head coach, Jeff Fisher, was a USC graduate.

Chow was the Titans' offensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007. During this time, the Titans had non-losing seasons in 2006 (8-8) and 2007 (10-6), and appeared in the 2007 AFC Playoffs. In 2007, the Titans were 21st overall in total offense, with a total of nine touchdown passes.[4]

On January 15, 2008, after being fired by the Titans following the 2007 season, Chow was hired by new UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel as offensive coordinator.[1]

Head coaching interest

In addition to Stanford, Chow has officially interviewed for the head coaching jobs of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals; and, the NCAA's North Carolina State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Hawaii.

Chow was a candidate to replace Karl Dorrell at UCLA, but withdrew his candidacy soon after interviewing.[5][6] Chow was also considered to replace June Jones at the University of Hawaii.[7]


Chow is of Chinese and native Hawaiian descent.[8] He and his wife, Diane, have been married for forty years and they have four children: Carter, Maile, Cameron and Chandler. Carter serves as his father's agent.[4] One of his sons graduated from the University of Southern California and another is still a student there.[9]

Awards and honors

In 2004, Chow served as Grand Marshal of the annual Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown, Los Angeles.[10] On May 3, 2009, Chow was honored by the Los Angeles Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in "Celebrating Chinese Americans in Sports".[11]

See also


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hue Jackson
USC Trojans Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Lane Kiffin
Preceded by
Mike Heimerdinger
Tennessee Titans Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Heimerdinger
Preceded by
Jay Norvell
UCLA Bruins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Randy Shannon
Broyles Award for Assistant Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Brian VanGorder


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