Per an announcement from Auburn University, the Dallas Cowboys have hired Rich Bisaccia as their new Special Teams Coordinator. Bisaccia had joined the Auburn staff just three weeks ago, also in a special teams role.
The Alabama Real-Time News quotes Auburn coach Gus Malzahn saying that Bisaccia "had an offer that he felt he could not turn down and we wish him nothing but the best." DallasCowboys.com is confirming the hiring that had been widely expected for a couple of days.
The 52-year old Bisaccia spent the last two years as special teams coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, and coached together with Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay before that. In Dallas, Bisaccia will be reunited with Kiffin and fellow Tampa Bay assistant Rod Marinelli. Here's a summary of Bisaccia's NFL coaching experience:
Rich Bisacchia NFL Coaching Experience:
2012: Asst. Head Coach and Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
2011: Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
2009-10: Assoc. Head Coach and Special Teams, Tampa Bay
2008: Assoc. Head Coach, Special Teams and Running Backs, Tampa Bay
2002-07: Special Teams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With the hiring, a decision is expected soon on Chris Boniol, Assistant Special Teams/ Kickers Coach. The coaching staff on defense is finalized, so that just leaves the offense with a few more coaching vacancies.
The Cowboys have openings at running backs coach (expected to be filled with Sam Gash) and tight ends coach. Current assistant offensive line coach Wes Phillips is considered a candidate for promotion and could be a possibility at tight ends coach, but he could also be in play for offensive line coach if Bill Callahan takes on OC duties. And pending Jimmy Robinson's future role with the Cowboys, receivers coach could also be open, and expectations are that Hue Jackson is waiting in the wings for that role.