Miami Dolphins defensive assistant Patrick Surtain, one of the franchise’s all-time top cornerbacks, was officially named the new secondary coach at Florida State on Wednesday.
“I’m incredibly excited to have Patrick Surtain joining the Nole Family,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said. “He brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience at the highest levels and has prioritized genuine relationships and developing players on and off the field.
“Patrick was an elite NFL player for more than a decade and then earned remarkable success as a high school coach in South Florida before continuing his development as an NFL coach. I’m happy for our student-athletes who will receive top-notch skills instruction while also learning life lessons from Coach Surtain.”
Surtain, a member of the Dolphins’ 50th Season All-Time Team, joined the Dolphins coaching staff before this season after nine years (2013-21) at Plantation American Heritage High School, where he won three state titles as a head coach.
Surtain, a two-time All Pro (2002, 2003), had an 11-year NFL career, including seven years with the Dolphins (1998-2004) and four with Kansas City (2005-08). Surtain was a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2002-04) and is tied for fourth in Dolphins history with 29 interceptions.
His son, Patrick Surtain II, is a Pro Bowl cornerback for Denver and was the No. 9 pick of the 2021 NFL draft out of Alabama and American Heritage. He’ll be at Hard Rock Stadium next season when the Broncos visit.
Patrick Surtain Sr. was rumored to have accepted the job more than a week ago.
Surtain Sr. figures to give Florida State a big recruiting boost among defensive backs and South Florida prospects.