|Title:||Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game/Special Teams Coordinator|
|Year:||6th at Campbell / 9th Coaching|
|College:||North Carolina '04|
North Carolina: Jackson, Haywood, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, McDowell, Mitchell, Avery, Burke, Alexander, Catawba, Iredell, Davie, Forsyth, Davidson, Guilford, Randolph, Caldwell, Watauga
Tennessee: Knox, Bradley, Hamilton, Polk, Monroe, Blount, Sevier, Cocke, Greene, Washington, Carter, Sullivan, Johnson, Unicoi, Jefferson, Loudon, McMinn
Auxiliary: Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico
Landon Mariani begins his sixth year at Campbell coaching the program’s quarterbacks, as well as coordinating the Camel passing game and special teams units.
A former player and coach at the University of North Carolina, Mariani’s passing game posted a banner year in 2011, setting modern day program records in passing yards, completions, attempts, touchdowns, completions percentage, pass efficiency and passing yards per game.
In his first season under center, Braden Smith set single season school records for yards passing, completions, attempts and touchdown passes, earning a pair of Pioneer Football League Player of the Week accolades in 2011.
The first of Smith’s back to back weekly league honors came after Campbell defeated San Diego 48-24 behind his four touchdowns. Smith rushed for three scores, also accounting for one through the air as the Rockwall, Texas native converted 16 pass attempts.
Smith’s second PFL Player of the Week honor came after Campbell’s triple overtime thriller at Davidson, with the signal caller leading the Camels back from a 17-3 four quarter deficit. Smith led the Camels to a pair of scoring drives late in regulation before scoring again in the third overtime.
Mariani’s work with the CU quarterbacks continued to play major dividends in 2010. Daniel Polk led the team and ranked third in the conference with 12 rushing scores. Polk also threw for eight more touchdowns, totaled 558 rushing yards and passed for 1,263 yards. He became the first CU player to top 1,800 yards in total offense in consecutive seasons. Overall, the Campbell quarterbacks completed 126 passes for 1,263 yards and eight scores. The position also ran for 604 yards and 12 touchdowns in Campbell’s dual threat offense.
Mariani’s quarterbacks completed 137 passes for 1,674 yards and threw nine touchdown passes on the 2009 season for the Fighting Camels. CU quarterbacks also accounted for over 500 yards rushing and another four scores on the ground. The Campbell passing attack set a school record with 283 passing yards against Methodist. Matt Vollono set a new Campbell individual record with four passing scores. Among his four passing touchdowns was a school-record 85 yard pass to Carl Blain.
Mariani joined the Camels after two seasons at Coastal Carolina where he coached the tight ends and assisted with video coordination. During his final season with the Chanticleers he coached tight end Rodney Burgess to First Team All-Big South honors after an 18 catch, 300 yard season. Burgess was also selected to The State’s South Carolina All-State Team and was an Honorable Mention All-American selection by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette in his final campaign under Mariani’s tutelage. Coastal won two Big South Championships during Mariani’s tenure and earned a spot in the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2006.
Prior to his two years at Coastal, Mariani spend one year at his alma mater as the offensive video assistant. A 2004 graduate of North Carolina, Mariani was a quarterback for four seasons with the Tar Heels, including the 2001 squad that defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Mariani was the Tar Heels’ signal caller his final three seasons and after walking on to the team he was awarded a scholarship his senior year. Mariani was also named one of the game captains on Senior Day against Duke.
A three-sport standout at Freedom High School in Morganton, N.C., Mariani earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from UNC in 2004.
Mariani is married to the former Katie Finnigan of Raleigh, N.C. The couple resides in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. and have a daughter, Elle.