A 20-year coaching veteran, Pat Meyer is in his first season as the offensive line coach for the Chargers.
Meyer joined the Chargers from Buffalo where he spent the last two seasons (2015-16), his first as a football operations consultant, and his second as an offensive assistant.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Meyer was an all-state selection and a four-year starter at Girard (Ohio) High School where he lettered in football wrestling, basketball, baseball and track. Meyer left Ohio for college, heading to Colorado State, where he went on to become a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference pick. As a senior in 1994, Meyer was a team captain, a first-team all-conference pick and an Academic All-America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science. In 1995, Meyer signed with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent and in 1996, he played for the Arena Football League’s St. Louis Stampede.
Meyer entered the coaching ranks in 1997 as a graduate assistant at Memphis. He held a variety of posts for the Tigers, including offensive assistant, assistant strength coach and director of strength and conditioning. From 2000-05, Meyer oversaw the strength and conditioning program at North Carolina State where the team’s star player was Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. In 2006, Meyer spent a year as NC State’s offensive line coach before returning to strength and conditioning at Florida State in 2007.
In 2008, Meyer returned to his alma mater, Colorado State, where he again served in a variety of capacities, including offensive coordinator from 2010-11. During his four seasons (2008-11) in Fort Collins, six CSU offensive linemen signed with NFL teams.
In 2012, Meyer crossed the Canadian border to become the offensive line coach and later the offensive coordinator for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. That year, Montreal tied for first in the CFL in touchdowns, while finishing second in passing and third in overall scoring.
Meyer returned to the States in 2013 to join the Chicago Bears, first as an assistant offensive line coach before taking over the position outright in 2014. Under Meyer’s tutelage, guard Kyle Long earned consecutive Pro Bowl appointments as he became the Bears’ first offensive lineman selected to the Pro Bowl since 2006 and the team’s first rookie to be selected at an offensive position since 1965 (running back Gale Sayers). In Meyer’s first season in Chicago (2013), the Bears allowed just 30 sacks, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL.
Meyer and his wife, Erin, have a son (Chris, 14) and two daughters (Emma 11 and Sophia 9). A former runner, Meyer is a five-time marathon finisher.