The Seahawks have agreed to terms on a contract for Pete Carroll to become their next head coach, the team announced Monday. He will be the eighth head coach in Seahawks history.
“We are excited to add Pete as our coach. He brings a great passion for winning and a positive attitude that is contagious,” Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke said in a statement released by the team. “We now turn our full attention to the hiring process for a general manager. Our intended structure is for Pete and the new GM to work in a collaborative capacity on football matters.”
Carroll returns to the NFL after spending the previous nine years as head coach at USC, where he won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08) and two BCS national championships and led the Trojans to a 97-19 record.
Carroll began his NFL career as defensive backs coach for the Bills (1984) and Vikings (1985-89) before becoming the Jets’ defensive coordinator (1990-93) and head coach (1994). He spent two years as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator (1995-96) before leading the Patriots to a 27-21 record and two playoff appearances as head coach (1997-99).
Carroll’s overall NFL head-coaching record is 33-31 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs.