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Sal Sunseri
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1959-08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 54)
Playing career
1978–1981 Pittsburgh
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Pittsburgh (DL/LB)
Iowa Wesleyan (AC)
Illinois State (DC)
Louisville (LB)
Alabama A&M (DC/LB)
Michigan State (LB/ST)
Carolina Panthers (DL)
Alabama (AHC/LB)
Tennessee (DC)
Florida State (DE)
Head coaching record
Overall 0–1
College Football Data Warehouse

Sal Sunseri (born August 1, 1959) is an American college and professional football coach. He is currently the defensive ends coach at Florida State. Sunseri played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an All-American linebacker.

Playing career[edit]

Sunseri attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team from 1978 to 1981.[1] After beginning his career as a walk-on,[2] Sunseri was a three-year starter and anchored a defense that led the NCAA in total defense in both 1980 and 1981.[1] During his senior year, he was named a team captain and a consensus first-team All-American.

After graduating he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1982 NFL Draft; however, he suffered a career ending knee injury during training camp[1][3] and was given an injury settlement and released from the team.

Coaching career[edit]

Between 1985 and 1992, Sunseri worked as a defensive line and linebacker's coach for his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.[4] After Paul Hackett was fired as the team's head coach during Pittsburgh's 1992 season,[5] Sunseri was promoted as an interim head coach for the final game versus Hawaiʻi[6]—a 36–23 loss for the Panthers.[7]

After having previously worked as the defensive line coach for the NFL's Carolina Panthers for six seasons,[1] Sunseri returned to college football on January 21, 2009, when he was named as the outside linebackers coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.[8][9] In January 2012, days after winning his second national championship with Alabama, Sunseri left to join Derek Dooley's staff at Tennessee as the defensive coordinator.[10] Under Sunseri Tennessee suffered its worst statistical defensive effort in school history.

In December 2012, Sunseri accepted a job as a defensive assistant at Florida State University.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Sunseri is married to Roxann Sunseri (née Evans), who is a former varsity gymnast at Pittsburgh.[1] The couple has two daughters and two sons. His son, Tino also plays football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. His younger son, Vinnie, plays for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. He contributed as a true freshman on the 2011 BCS National Championship team as a reserve safety and on special teams.[1][12]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East Conference) (1992)
1992 Pittsburgh 0–1 0–0 6th
Toledo: 0–1 0–0
Total: 0–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sal Sunseri". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 2009-02-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/sal_sunseri_834248.html
  3. ^ Tuma, Gary (1983-05-24). "Sunseri, Fedell shooting for comeback with Steelers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 10. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  4. ^ Emery, Michael (1985-10-19). "Coach Sal Sunseri hopes to bring winning ways back to Pitt". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  5. ^ Wolff, Alexander (1992-12-07). "Something For Nothing". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Sunseri named interim coach at Pitt". Philadelphia Inquirer. 1992-11-28. p. C03. 
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh Game by Game Results: 1992". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  8. ^ Gantt, Darin (2009-01-20). "Panthers lose D-line coach Sunseri to Alabama". The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina). Retrieved 2009-02-18. [dead link]
  9. ^ Estes, Gentry (2009-01-21). "Alabama formally names Sal Sunseri and James Willis as new assistants". Mobile Press-Register (AL.com). Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  10. ^ "Vols Name Sunseri Defensive Coordinator". UTSports.com. 2012-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Could Sal Sunseri join Florida State as a position coach?". Tomahawknation.com. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  12. ^ "Tino Sunseri". University of Pittsburgh Athletics. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 

External links[edit]

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Canal Street Chronicles
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:01:04 -0700

Son of Sal Sunseri, who coached the Carolina Panthers' defense line for seven seasons and now coaches defensive ends at Florida State, Vinnie is no stranger to the requirements of being a top NFL player, including film study. And reportedly, his ...
Washington Post (blog)
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:18:45 -0700

His visit to Tallahassee was solely to see the campus, and he spent most of the day with defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri. Sunseri called to offer Birmingham in May. “It was a great day, I had a really nice talk with Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and met with ...
Tomahawk Nation
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:48:45 -0700

5-star pass rusher @Shizzeee_ is committing July 30. C/o 2016 from Dematha Catholic. FSU has a really good chance. Connection w/ Sal Sunseri. — TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) July 22, 2014. FSU's 2016 defensive end situation is just so ...


TerpTown.com (subscription)
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:18:45 -0700

“Florida State is a great program. I have a great relationship with coach [Sal] Sunseri, and we talk a lot about everything, we talk recruiting and how interested I am in their program,” Simmons said. “I visited there early and I know everyone down ...
All For Tennessee
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:23:43 -0700

... time by Da'Rick Rogers, a healthy Justin Hunter, Mychal Rivera and an emerging Cordarrelle Patterson, looked stacked. A junior-heavy offensive line was starting to gel. Dooley also banked on the defense progressing under a new coordinator, Sal Sunseri.
The Daily Times
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:07:30 -0700

“It's nice,” said Johnson, who played under ex-UT defensive coordinators Justin Wilcox and Sal Sunseri in his first two years respectively. “I've changed defenses each year I've been here, but this is the first time being under the same defense for a ...
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:33:45 -0700

With the success Sal Sunseri has had, I want him to teach me so I can be successful at the next level," Florida State commitment and Ridgeville (S.C.) defensive lineman Michael Barnett remarked. "I often go on YouTube and watch Bjoern Werner highlights ...
TerpTown.com (subscription)
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:56:15 -0700

On July 15, the four-star gunslinger made his second trip to Tallahassee, Fla., in five weeks, allowing him to reconnect with Florida State assistants Randy Sanders and Sal Sunseri, and head coach Jimbo Fisher. FSU is targeting one more class of 2015 ...

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