Rich Bisaccia
Green Bay Packers
Position:Special teams coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 62)
Yonkers, New York
Career information
College:Yankton
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:7–5 (.583)
Postseason:0–1 (.000)
Career:7–6 (.538)
Coaching stats at PFR

Richard Bisaccia (born June 3, 1960) is an American football coach who is the special teams coordinator for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was an interim head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021, leading the Raiders to the playoffs in his lone season.

Early life and education

A former defensive back at Yankton College[1] in South Dakota, the native of Yonkers, New York played football at and graduated from New Fairfield High School in Connecticut.[2] He began his coaching career at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree with a minor in Health Education from Wayne State.

Coaching career

Wayne State

In 1983, Bisaccia began his coaching career at Wayne State College as their defensive backs and special teams coach. In 1984, he became their quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

South Carolina

In 1988, Bisaccia joined the University of South Carolina as a graduate assistant, tight ends and wide receivers coach. In 1989, he transitioned to be their defensive backs and special teams coach. In 1991, he served as their tight ends and special teams coach and as their running backs and special teams coach in 1992.[3][4] Under Bisaccia, the Gamecocks led the SEC in kickoff returns in 1992 and set a school record for blocked kicks.

Clemson

In 1994, Bisaccia was hired by Clemson University as their running backs and special teams coach where he served in that role until 1998.[5]

Ole Miss

In 1999, Bisaccia joined the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) as their running backs and special teams coach. In 2000, he was promoted to assistant head coach.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2002, Bisaccia was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their special teams coordinator under head coach Jon Gruden. That year, the Buccaneers went to Super Bowl XXXVII and defeated the Oakland Raiders to win the franchise’s first Super Bowl title by a score of 48–21. In 2007, Micheal Spurlock, under Bisaccia's special teams unit, became the first player in franchise history to return a kickoff for a touchdown, snapping a 32-season streak.[6] In 2008, Bisaccia was promoted to assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator. In 2009, Bisaccia was retained as assistant head coach and special teams coordinator under new head coach Raheem Morris.[7]

San Diego Chargers

In 2011, Bisaccia was hired by the San Diego Chargers as their special teams coordinator under head coach Norv Turner. In 2012, he was promoted to assistant head coach.[8]

Auburn

In January 2013, Bisaccia was hired to be the assistant head coach, running backs and special teams coach at Auburn University under head coach Gus Malzahn.[9] [10]Auburn released Bisaccia from his contract after less than a month to allow him to sign with the Cowboys.[11]

Dallas Cowboys

On January 30, 2013, Bisaccia was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as their assistant head coach and special teams coordinator under head coach Jason Garrett.[12][13] He remained in this position until the end of the 2017 season.

Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders

In 2018, Bisaccia was hired by the Oakland Raiders as their assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, reuniting with head coach Jon Gruden.

On October 11, 2021, Bisaccia was named the interim head coach of the Raiders following Gruden's resignation.[14] On October 17, 2021, Bisaccia made his head coaching debut against the Denver Broncos and he led the Raiders to a 34–24 win.

Bisaccia led the Raiders to a 7–5 record, and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2016 after a win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the final week of the regular season.[15] Bisaccia became the first interim head coach since Bruce Arians with the 2012 Indianapolis Colts to lead their team to a postseason berth.

Green Bay Packers

On February 8, 2022, Bisaccia was hired by the Green Bay Packers as their special teams coordinator.[16]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LV* 2021 7[n 1] 5[n 1] 0 .588[n 1] 2nd in AFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Cincinnati Bengals in AFC wild card game
Total 7 5 0 .583 0 1 .000

* Interim head coach

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Jon Gruden coached the first five games of the season before he resigned on October 11.

References

  1. ^ "Raiders Interim Head Coach Played At Yankton College". Yankton Press & Dakotan. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Aldam, Will (October 12, 2021). "Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia has Connecticut roots: 'Hopeful that he succeeds'". newstimes. Hearst Connecticut Media. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "Former Gamecock assistant named Las Vegas Raiders Interim Head Coach". wltx.com. October 12, 2021. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Jon Gruden resignation: Former SEC assistant reportedly expected to be named Raiders interim HC". Saturday Down South. October 11, 2021. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "Former Clemson assistant named Raiders interim head coach". The Clemson Insider. October 12, 2021. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  6. ^ "Kickoff-return TD long time coming for Buccaneers". OrlandoSentinel.com. December 17, 2007. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  7. ^ Bucs lose coordinator Bisaccia, promote Stukes
  8. ^ Chargers promote Rich Bisaccia
  9. ^ Goldberg, Charles (January 3, 2013). "Auburn hires NFL veteran Rich Bisaccia as running backs, special teams and assistant head coach". al. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Jones, Jeff. "Auburn Football: Does Rich Bisaccia Make Auburn a "Championship Caliber" Team?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  11. ^ Auburn hires NFL veteran
  12. ^ Rich Bisaccia hired by Cowboys
  13. ^ "Cowboys make hiring of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia official". Dallas News. January 30, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  14. ^ "Who is Rich Bisaccia, the veteran coach set to replace Jon Gruden?". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Tafur, Vic. "Tafur: Rich Bisaccia leads Raiders into their biggest game in a decade. Then what?". The Athletic. Retrieved January 10, 2022.
  16. ^ "Packers hire Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator".