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Trgovac came to Green Bay from Carolina, where he served as the defensive coordinator for six
seasons from 2003-08. In that time, he directed a defense that produced 10 Pro Bowl selections
and ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in both yards and points allowed three times. In 2005, the Panthers
ranked third in yards (282.6), fifth in points (259) and first in takeaways with a team-record 42,
helping Carolina advance to its second NFC Championship game in three seasons.
In 2003, Trgovac’s inaugural season as a defensive coordinator, Carolina’s defense ranked eighth
in the NFL in yards (295.3) and 10th in points allowed (304). The defense forced four turnovers in
the NFC Championship game, earning the Panthers first Super Bowl berth.
As Carolina’s defensive line coach in 2002, Trgovac oversaw a dramatic improvement in the Panthers’
front four that made a strong case for him taking over as coordinator. Carolina ranked third in the league
with 39 sacks and first in rushing yards per attempt. Under Trgovac’s tutelage, DE Julius Peppers was
named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year while Kris Jenkins earned first-team All-Pro honors.
Prior to his time in Carolina, Trgovac coached the defensive line for the Washington Redskins for
two seasons (2000-01). In his first season, Trgovac saw Marco Coleman earn a Pro Bowl selection
after recording 12 sacks in 2000.
Trgovac’s first stint with the Packers, in 1999, was Green Bay’s first season in seven years without
DE Reggie White leading the defensive line. That year, DE Keith McKenzie matched his career high
in sacks with eight.
Trgovac began his NFL coaching career as the defensive line coach of the Philadelphia Eagles
from 1995-98. In 1995, their line led the NFL in sacks with 42.5 and DE William Fuller led the
team with 13, earning his first of two consecutive Pro Bowl selections.
Trgovac’s career of working with defensive linemen in the college coaching ranks spanned 11
seasons with five schools, beginning with his alma mater, Michigan as a graduate assistant in 1984.
After two seasons there, he spent three seasons at Ball State (1986-88), one season at Navy (1989),
two years at Colorado State (1990-91) and three years at Notre Dame (1992-94).
PERSONAL: A native of Youngstown, Ohio…Played four seasons at Michigan on the defensive
line…A two-time all-conference honoree and a second-team All-American selection as a senior…
Received his bachleor’s degree in education…Played football and wrestled at Fitch High School in
Austintown, Ohio…Named Ohio’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and capture the state heavyweight
wrestling title as a senior…Trgovac and wife, Angela, have a daughter, Jordan, and son, Michael.
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