Matt D’Orazio


Position: Quarterbacks

Despite coming from the small Division III school like Otterbein College, FBU Quarterbacks Coach Matt D’Orazio made himself an Arena Football League legend through a strong work ethic and a focus on his fundamentals and technique. After transferring from Youngstown State, D’Orazio set single-season and career records at Otterbein in passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense with his 8,770 yards and 73 TDs through the air and his 594 yards and five TDs on the ground.

After college, D’Orazio went to the Arena Football League where he played with eight teams from 1998-2008. He led the Chicago Rush to the 2006 Arena Bowl XX title with a 250-yard, 6-TD, MVP performance. In 2008 with the Philadelphia Soul, he was voted the AFL regular season MVP and led the Soul to the Arena Bowl XXII title. Again D’Orazio was named the game’s MVP, becoming the only AFL player to ever be named MVP of the Arena Bowl while with two different teams. In 2009, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Since his playing days, he has worked with as its Senior Bowl South Team head coach and he has worked with and trained aspiring young quarterbacks.

“Proper technique is essential and should be practiced until it becomes automatic. With proper technique, the athlete can focus on the other aspects of a competitive atmosphere,” said D’Orazio.

Matt D'Orazio
FBU Quarterbacks Coach
Playing Career

College: Otterbein College

Calgary Stampeders (2009)
Philadelphia Soul (2008)
Chicago Rush (2006-2007)
Columbus Destroyers (2004-2005)
Buffalo Destroyers (2002)
Rochester Brigade (2001)
Roanoke Steam (2000)
Milwaukee Mustangs (1999)
New Jersey Red Dogs (1998) 

Career Highlights

♦ Otterbein College school records:
• Passing Yards (8,770)
• TD Passes (73)
• Total Offense (9,364)

♦ 2x ArenaBowl champion (XX, XXII)
♦ 2x ArenaBowl MVP (XX, XXII)
♦ 1x AFL MVP (2008)