Personal: 44 years old, born May 12, 1968. Attended Toledo St. John’s Jesuit High School. He and his wife, Sheila, have two sons, Kaelan and Rian, and one daughter, Margaret. He played tight end at Miami (Fla.) from 1986-90 and was a part of two national championship teams (1987, 1989). He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1990 and later earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1996.
College coaching resume: Chudzinski coached at his alma mater, Miami (Fla.), from 1994-2003. He started out as a graduate assistant for two seasons, spent five years as tight ends coach and finally served three seasons as offensive coordinator. During his final three years at Miami, the Hurricanes won the 2001 national championship over Nebraska and appeared in the 2002 title game but lost to Ohio State in double overtime. In ’02, Miami averaged 40.5 points per game and set numerous school records on offense. With Chudzinski as offensive coordinator, the ’Canes lost three games in three seasons.
Pro coaching resume: Chudzinski entered the NFL in 2004 with the Browns as a tight ends coach. After Butch Davis’ firing as head coach, Chudzinski was named offensive coordinator for the final five games of the season. Chudzinski then spent two seasons as tight ends coach for the San Diego Chargers before returning to the Browns as offensive coordinator in 2007 under coach Romeo Crennel. During that season, the Browns won 10 games as the offense scored 402 points and gained 5,621 yards, both figures which rank third in franchise history. The offense took a turn for the worse in 2008, and Chudzinski went back to the Chargers, with which he spent 2009-10 under coach Norv Turner as associate head coach and tight ends coach. In 2011, Chudzinski was named offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers, with which he was this past season, too. With Cam Newton at quarterback, the Panthers set club records for yards and first downs in 2011, a year after setting franchise lows in each category.
— Ryan Lewis