As has been widely expected in the last few days, Rich Bisaccia is the newest assistant coach to be added to Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn. Bisaccia may be one of the best running back coaches in the business and is regarded in many circles as the best special teams coach in football; pro or college.
The 30 year veteran coach has spent the last 11 seasons coaching in the National Football League, most recently for the SanDiego Chargers. He will be responsible for special teams and running backs.
He coached nine years with Tampa Bay, helping the Bucs win the 2003 Super bowl. This past season he was the Chargers Assistant Head Coach in charge of special teams.
No stranger to the college ranks, Rich coached 19 years at the collegiate level. While at Ole Miss (1999-2001) he coached three All-SEC running backs including one of the greatest running backs in Rebel history – Deuce McAllister.
The Deuce set 18 school records and is the only Ole Miss player to have had three consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons. He was a first round NFL Draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2001. He is the Saints All-time rushing leader and was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2012.
At Clemson (1994-98) he coached three-time All-ACC running back Raymond Priester. The Clemson legend set 18 school rushing records and is still the Tigers’ all-time leading rusher. In addition, his ’95 Clemson special teams were the only school in the nation to have four players ranked in four special teams categories.
Bisaccia coached two All-SEC running backs at South Carolina (Brandon Bennett and Rob DeBoer). And in 1992 the Gamecocks set a school record for blocked punts and led the SEC in kickoff returns.
In making the announcement, Coach Malzahn said, “Rich is widely regarded as the one of the top special teams coaches in all of football and has coached several elite running backs, so we’re thrilled to have him join our staff,”
Gus continued, “He has been a part of some outstanding teams, including a Super Bowl Champion team at Tampa Bay; and he has coached several running backs and special teams players that were among the very best in the game at both the collegiate and professional level.”
Bisaccia said he was glad his opportunity to return to the collegiate level will be at Auburn. “I have an incredible amount of respect for Auburn and Coach Malzahn. I met Gus in the spring of 2010 and have followed his cutting edge offense and what he’s accomplished as a coach since he started coaching in college. He’s a man of character and I had previously worked with Ellis Johnson and Charlie Harbison, so I knew the type of staff that Gus was putting together.” He added, “I’m excited and …
“Ready to help Auburn return to a championship caliber team.”
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