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Rick Venturi is a former head coach at Northwestern University and longtime NFL assistant known for his defense. As head coach of Northwestern, his career record was 1-31-1, as he coached the early segment of Northwestern's Division I record 34-game losing streak. Venturi has served as defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams. With both the Colts and Saints, Venturi has also served as an interim head coach - in 1991 with the Colts and 1996 with the Saints. As a head coach, his career record stands at 2-17.

He played quarterback at Rockford Auburn High School in Illinois, and at Northwestern. While at Northwestern he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. His father, Joe Venturi, was a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Joe coached at Pekin High School in Illinois. His brother, John is also a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. John coached at Washington High School where he won the 1985 Class 4A State Championship. John's 1983 Washington team was the 4A Runner-Up.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Pont
Northwestern Wildcats Head Coaches
1978–1980
Succeeded by
Dennis Green
Preceded by
Jim Mora
New Orleans Saints Head Coaches
1996
Succeeded by
Mike Ditka
Preceded by
Ron Meyer
Indianapolis Colts Head Coaches
1991
Succeeded by
Ted Marchibroda
Preceded by
Ron Zook
New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinators
2002-2005
Succeeded by
Gary Gibbs
Preceded by
Jim Haslett
St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinators
2008
Succeeded by
Ken Flajole
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