UMass Boston's football program began in the mid 1980s as a club program, before reaching NCAA varsity status in 1988. Pat Sperduto saw action on the club team, before playing two impressive seasons at the varsity level in 1988 and 1989 at linebacker and fullback for the Beacons. He led the team with 75 tackles, including 43 solos and six sacks during the 1988 season and gained 33 yards on 10 carries as well. Sperduto enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign, leading the team with 96 tackles, including 54 solos and five sacks to go with a pair of fumble recoveries and was named to the New England Football Conference First Team for his efforts. He graduated from UMass Boston in 1989 and still ranks third on the school's all-time sack list with 11 in just two seasons. He continued his playing career following his time at UMB with a stint in the Canadian Football League with the British Colombia Lions, before joining the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League from 1991-93, where he helped them win a pair of ArenaBowls. He also began his coaching career during this time as an assistant with Murray State University, prior to taking over football operations for the American Sports Foundation of Macelatta in Tolentino, Italy in 1992. He began to focus solely on his coaching career as an assistant for the Storm in 1994 and 1995, helping them to another ArenaBowl crown in 1995. He spent 1996 as the defensive coordinator and director of player personnel for the Connecticut Coyotes (AFL) prior to joining the Nashville Kats' staff in 1997. He was the defensive coordinator and player personnel director during the 1997 season and was elevated to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator for the 1998 campaign. He guided the Kats to a 27-15 mark over the next three seasons and led them to a pair of ArenaBowl appearances. Following the sale of the franchise, Sperduto joined the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League in 2001 as a member of the coaching/scouting staff until 2008. During this time, the Kats returned to Nashville and Sperduto took over the coaching reins again for the next three seasons, before moving on to his current position as a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs.