The Dallas Cowboys announced Rich Bisaccia as the club’s special teams coordinator on January 30, 2013. Bisaccia comes to Dallas with 30 years of coaching experience, including 11 in the NFL as the head of special teams units.
Prior to arriving in Dallas, Bisaccia spent two seasons in San Diego with the Chargers. He was the club’s special teams coach in 2011 before adding assistant head coach duties for the 2012 season.From 2002-10 Bisaccia coached in Tampa Bay, originally working with the special teams (2002-07), then adding the responsibilities of associate head coach and running backs (2008), before spending two of his last three seasons (2009-10) as the club’s associate head coach/special teams coach. In addition to being a part of the Bucs Super Bowl XXXVII Championship team in his first season as an NFL coach, Bisaccia’s charges earned three Pro Bowl selections, 13 NFC Player of the Week awards and four NFC Player of the Month awards through his tenure. Additionally, his units scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns, four on punt returns and blocked 18 kicks - 10 field goal attempts, five punts and three PAT tries. In 2009 the Buccaneers led the NFL with six blocked kicks while also leading the league in kickoff return average (26.3 yards-per-return) and ranked second in kickoff coverage, yielding just 19.1 yards-per-return.
Before hitting the pro ranks, Bisaccia spent 19 seasons coaching in the college ranks. His most recent collegiate coaching stop was from 2000-01 when he was the assistant head coach/running backs/special teams at Mississippi. He was the school’s running backs coach in his first season (1999). Bisaccia came to Mississippi after a five-year stint at Clemson as the school’s running backs and special teams coach (1994-98). He coached the same units for two seasons at South Carolina (1992-93) after originally coming to the school as a graduate assistant in 1988, coaching tight ends and wide receivers. After one season in the graduate assistant role, he was a volunteer assistant for the school for three seasons, first working with defensive ends and special teams (1989-90) followed by tight ends and special teams (1991). Bisaccia made his coaching debut in 1983 as the defensive backs/special teams coach at Wayne State then coached the school’s quarterbacks and receivers from 1984-87.
Bisaccia played defensive back at Yankton College in South Dakota and is a native of Yonkers, NY. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three daughters and a son.