Pellegrino Matarazzo has Italian roots and was born in the USA. He has lived and worked in Germany since 2000. After an active career which saw him have spells in the Ober- and Regionalliga with clubs such as Wehen Wiesbaden, SG Wattenscheid 09 and Preußen Münster, he became coach of the FC Nürnberg youth team. Following six years at Nürnberg he moved to Hoffenheim in the summer of 2017 and took over as head coach of the TSG under-17s. He first met his current boss Julian Nagelsmann at a DFB coaching school in Hennef, where the two shared a room during the main classroom phases of the course.