Mike Trgovac

Senior Defensive Assistant

College: Michigan

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

Experience: 25 years


Mike Trgovac enters his first season as senior defensive assistant with the Raiders, having spent one season as the Silver and Black’s defensive line coach in 2018. 

In 2018, Trgovac helped produce significant contributions from three rookie starters on the defensive line. He coached DT Maurice Hurst to a team-leading four sacks, a mark that ranked tied for 10th among all rookie defenders in the NFL and most by a Raiders rookie since 2014. Hurst finished the season with 31 tackles (26), three passes defensed and one forced fumble. DE Arden Key appeared in all 16 games and finished with 30 tackles (21) and one sack, while DT P.J. Hall finished with 22 tackles (16) and two passes defensed under Trgovac’s guidance.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Trgovac spent nine seasons as the Green Bay Packers defensive line coach from 2009-17. During his tenure, the Packers ranked fifth in the NFL in sacks (365) and rushing touchdowns allowed (94). Green Bay finished in the top 10 in the league in sacks in six of his nine seasons (2010, 2012-16).

Trgovac’s 2016 unit helped the Packers finish eighth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (94.7) and tied for sixth in the NFL with 40 sacks. DT Mike Daniels led the defensive line with four sacks and was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the second consecutive season. Under Trgovac’s guidance, Daniels’ 20 sacks from 2013-16 ranked 12th among all defensive tackles during that span.

Trgovac’s unit in 2015 helped the Packers record 43 sacks, which tied for seventh in the league. Daniels led the defensive line in tackles (66) and sacks (four), while adding two passes defensed, one forced fumble and his first career interception. 

In 2014, Trgovac’s line contributed to a run defense that allowed just 86.4 yards per game over the final eight contests, ranking fifth in the NFL over that span. His group also helped the Packers finish tied for ninth in the league in sacks (41). Trgovac saw DT Letroy Guion post career highs in tackles (62) and sacks (3.5) as he started all 16 games for the first time in his career. Trgovac also helped Daniels lead the unit with a career-high 69 tackles and ranked third on the team with 5.5 sacks.

Trgovac guided a defensive line in 2013 that helped the Packers finish tied for eighth in the league in sacks (44). Daniels saw an improvement in production under Trgovac’s direction, finishing second on the team with 6.5 sacks, which also tied for sixth in the league among defensive tackles in 2013.

In 2012, Trgovac’s group helped the Packers rank 11th in total defense (336.8 yards per game) and fourth in sacks (47). Under his guidance, veteran DT Ryan Pickett led the line with 75 tackles, his highest total since 2008, and DT B.J. Raji was named a Pro Bowl alternate.

In 2011, Trgovac helped produce Green Bay’s first defensive tackle Pro Bowl selection since 1972 in Raji who recorded 43 tackles, three sacks, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

Trgovac helped the Packers finish second in the league in sacks (47) in 2010, the highest league ranking in club history. Raji was named a Pro Bowl alternate as his 6.5 sacks were the most by an NFL nose tackle since 1990.

In 2009, Trgovac directed a line that made the transition to the 3-4 defense and helped the Packers lead the NFL in rushing defense for the first time in franchise history with a mark of 83.3 rushing yards per game. The Packers improved 25 spots in rushing defense ranking from 2008, the biggest one-year improvement in club history.

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 captured the state heavyweight wrestling title as a senior…Trgovac and wife, Angela, have a daughter, Jordan, and son, Michael...Last name is pronounced TER-guh-vack.