Rich Bisaccia returns for his fifth season as the Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator after being named to the position on Jan. 30, 2013. For the 2015 season, he added the role of assistant head coach. He enters his 35th season as a coach and 16th in the NFL.
In 2016 the Dallas Cowboys special teams turned in another productive year. Dan Bailey was true on 27- of-32 field goals (84.4%) and all 46 PATs - third-highest of his career - for 127 total points to tie for eighth- amongst league kickers. Bailey also became the club’s all-time leader in field goals made after he surpassed Rafael Septien (162) during the 10th game of the sea- son. Punter Chris Jones established a career-best 45.9 gross average while also logging a 40.5 net average and dropped 25 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He also had a career-long 66-yard boot.
Bisaccia’s unit produced a solid campaign in 2015 that was highlighted with a Pro Bowl season by Bailey.
Bailey connected on 30-of-32 field goals to tie the highest percentage in the NFL in 2015 (career-high 93.8%) while also hitting all 25 PATs as he was rewarded with his first ever trip to the NFL’s annual all-star game. His 30 field goals made were fourth in a season in team history and second-highest of his career. Jones punted a career-high net average of 42.5 to place third in the NFL while also logging a 45.2 gross average and dropping 27 inside the 20-yard line - second-most of his career.
In 2014 Bailey became then the NFL’s all-time most accurate field goal kicker after making his 100th career kick six weeks in. For the year, he finished 25- of-29 with a career field goal percentage of 89.8 and also hit a career-high 56 PAT tries to tie the third-most in team history. Jones played in all 16 games for the second time in his career and had then career-highs for gross (45.4) and net (39.8) averages while drop
ping 21 inside the 20-yard line. Dwayne Harris led all coverage men with 18 tackles and long snapper Lou- is-Philippe Ladouceur, who was perfect on every snap for the 10th straight season, earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl.
During his first season leading the charges of the Cowboys special teams, Bisaccia’s impact was immediate in the return game where he upgraded the squad’s NFL kickoff return average ranking from 29th (20.6) in 2012 to fourth (25.5) in 2013. In particular, Harris’ 30.6-yard kickoff return average was second in the league while his punt return average of 12.8 yards- per-return ranked third in the NFL.
In the kicking game, Bisaccia’s work with Bailey allowed the placekicker to finish the season 28-of-30 on field goals (93.3%) - fourth in the league. He closed out the season converting 21 straight attempts. Bailey also set the single-season club record for field goals of 50+ yards with six in 2013. Jones also bene ted from Bisaccia’s tutelage, posting a 44.8-yard average and a net of 39.1. Jones added 30 punts downed inside the 20-yard line - third in a season in team history.
Prior to arriving in Dallas, Bisaccia spent two sea- sons 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, working with the special teams (2002-07) and adding the responsibilities of associate head coach and running backs (2008), before spending his last two sea- sons (2009-10) as the club’s associate head coach/ special teams. 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 (punter Josh Bidwell - 2005, long snapper Dave Moore - 2006, returner Clifton Smith - 2008), 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 kick- off 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) and ranked second in kickoff coverage, yielding just 19.1 yards-per-return.
Before hitting the pro ranks, Bisaccia spent 19 seasons coaching at the NCAA level. His last collegiate stop was from 1999-2001 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, N.Y. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three daughters - Michele, Elizabeth and Maddie - a son - Richie - and two grand children - Joel and AnnaJean.