Dennis Slutak is in his sixth year at USC, including his fourth as director of football operations after spending his first 2 seasons (2003-04) as a graduate assistant working with the special teams. He joined the Trojan staff in July of 2003.
In 2004, punter Tom Malone was an All-Pac-10 first teamer, while placekicker Ryan Killeen set the USC and Pac-10 career records for PATs and PAT attempts and the USC career points record. The Trojans won their second consecutive national championship.
In 2003, Malone was an All-American first teamer (USC's first punter so honored) who set the school record for season punting average (49.0), while Killeen set the Pac-10 season record for PATs (65) and tied the Trojan season mark for field goals (19). Troy won its first national championship since 1978. USC played in the 2004 Rose Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl (BCS Championship Game), 2006 Rose Bowl (BCS Championship Game), 2007 Rose Bowl and 2008 Rose Bowl.
Slutak, 36, has 12 years of coaching experience and was involved with special teams each season.
He began his coaching career as an assistant at Lincoln High in Tallahassee (Fla.) in 1993 and 1994. He also was there during the 1995 and 1997 spring practices. He tutored prep All-American Mark Mariscal, who went on to win the 2002 Ray Guy Award (nation's top punter) as an All-American at Colorado.
He then became an assistant at Lehigh for 3 seasons (1995-97). Punter Ben Talbott earned NCAA Division I-AA All-American first team honors in 1996 (and was an All-Patriot League first teamer in 1995 and 1996).
He spent the next 2 seasons (1998-99) as the special teams coordinator at Santaluces High in Lantana (Fla.). He also taught mathematics and physical education at Jefferson Davis Middle School. He then was a graduate assistant for 2 seasons (2000-01) at North Carolina State, involved with the special teams. In 2001, Adam Kiker was the Atlantic Coast Conference's most accurate field goal kicker. The Wolfpack played in the 2000 Micronpc.com Bowl and the 2001 Tangerine Bowl.
He returned to Santaluces High in 2002 as the special teams coordinator (and he also resumed teaching at the middle school) before coming to USC.
He has served as an instructor at various kicking camps from 1994 to 2002.
He was a walk-on punter at Florida State in 1990 (the Seminoles won the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl).
He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Florida State in 1995 and his master's degree in liberal studies (athletic administration and management) from North Carolina State in 2002.
He prepped at Forest Hill High in West Palm Beach (Fla.), where he played football.
Born May 30, 1972, he is single.