Scott Lakatos begins his fifth season at Connecticut, coaching the Huskies’
In 2004, the Huskies ranked first in the BIG EAST, and in
the top 20 nationally, in passing defense, yielding just 190.0 yards per game.
The low sum helped UConn also lead the BIG EAST in total defense in 2004.
Leading the unit was first-team All-BIG EAST selection, and Kansas City Chiefs
signee, Justin Perkins, who made five interceptions on the year and tied for
14th in the nation in passes defended. In 2005, UConn again led the BIG EAST in
total defense. The major reason was its passing defense, where the Huskies
ranked fourth nationally in least yards allowed per game and seventh in passing
efficiency defense. UConn was 25th nationally in passing defense in 2006.
by Oakland Raiders draftee Tyvon Branch, UConn was 10th nationally in passing
efficiency defense and 17th in passing defense in 2007 en route to the BIG EAST Championship.
Lakatos came to Storrs in 2004 after spending the previous
three seasons as the secondary coach at Rutgers. His ties to Connecticut and the
northeast run deep as UConn is the seventh school which he has coached in the
region, including his third in the BIG EAST Conference and his third in the
Lakatos was a part of a Scarlet Knights program at Rutgers
which improved from 2-9 in 2001 to 5-7 in 2003. In 2003, Rutgers ranked second
in the BIG EAST in passing defense, yielding 216.42 yards per game, a total
surpassed in the conference only by national-leader Miami. Meanwhile, the
Scarlet Knights’ passing efficiency defense improved each of the three years
under his tutelage before jumping up sharply in 2004 following Lakatos’
departure for UConn. The 2003 season saw corner back Nate Jones earn CoSIDA
Academic All-America honors for the second year in a row, while Lakatos also
helped free safety Shawn Seabrooks to a spot on the All-BIG EAST second team in
Lakatos graduated from Western Connecticut in 1988 after
earning four varsity letters on the gridiron, three of them under the tutelage
of former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni. The 1985 Colonial squad went 10-2
and advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Immediately after earning his
degree in Justice & Law Administration from WCSU, Lakatos began his coaching
career at the Danbury school, working with the Colonials’ defensive backs during
the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
Just before the start of the 1990 season, Lakatos left his
alma mater for Boston University where he coached the Terriers’ outside
linebackers from 1990-91, a role that was especially important in the 3-4
defensive scheme run by BU during those years under head coach Dan Allen.
Lakatos left Boston to reunite with Pasqualoni as Syracuse’s defensive graduate
assistant during the 1992 and 1993 seasons, working mainly with the team’s
safeties. In Lakatos’ first season with the Orangemen, the team went 10-2 and
defeated Colorado, 26-22, in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl to finish the season ranked
sixth in the nation. The 1994 season saw Lakatos serve as defensive coordinator
and linebackers coach at the University of New Haven where he installed an
Lakatos spent the 1995-2000 seasons at Maine, serving first
as secondary coach for the 1995 season before adding the title of special teams
coordinator for the 1996-99 campaigns. In 2000, Lakatos was named the Black
Bears’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. A Maine defensive back
earned All-Conference honors in each of his five years coaching that position
group and, in 1998, Aaron Dashiell was named an All-American after he finished
11th in the nation in interceptions. During the 2000 campaign, his only one as
defensive coordinator in Orono, Maine’s defense improved drastically during the
season. After allowing 36.6 points per game in its first five games against
Division I-AA opposition, Maine yielded just 14.6 points per game in its final
five contests. His special teams work was also strong as Maine set school punt
return records in two of his final three seasons with the Black Bears.
A native of Long Valley, N.J., Lakatos graduated from West
Morris Central High School in 1983 where he played both linebacker and fullback,
earning All-County honors on defense. He and his wife, Amanda, have a daughter,
Sarah Bailey (7), and a son, Cole (6).