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Sal Sunseri
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1959-08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 55)
Playing career
1978–1981 Pittsburgh
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1992
1992
1993
1994
1995–1997
1998–1999
2000
2001
2002–2008
2009–2011
2012
2013-present
Pittsburgh (DL/LB)
Pittsburgh
Iowa Wesleyan (AC)
Illinois State (DC)
Louisville (LB)
Alabama A&M (DC/LB)
LSU (LB/ST)
Michigan State (LB/ST)
Carolina Panthers (DL)
Alabama (AHC/LB)
Tennessee (DC)
Florida State (DE)
Head coaching record
Overall 0–1
Statistics
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.[12] His younger son, Vinnie, plays safety for the New Orleans Saints.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "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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CTV News
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Sal Sunseri, Tino's father, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1982 NFL draft and later coached with the Carolina Panthers for six seasons. He is now the defensive line coach with the Florida State Seminoles. Tino's brother Vinnie Sunseri ...

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Tomahawk Nation
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Assistant coach Sal Sunseri rewards Fisher with a game ball. ] Small_tomahawknation.com.minimal. More from Tomahawk Nation. Florida State football, recruiting news 9/1 · Florida State football leaders say practice habits must improve · Florida State ...
 
Rocky Top Talk
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:56:15 -0700

Outside of the 6-0 contingent, a rough week for the kid (which he'll blame on Sal Sunseri's defense instead of his own shortcomings, no doubt) and this makes two good weeks in a row from I_S, which is a sign of the end times or this year just being weird.
 
Chop Chat
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:18:45 -0700

His primary recruiter was Sal Sunseri. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is a dominating pass rusher. There isn't much game film on Brown; I reached out to him and he said his coach won't release it until the season is over. However, the film (Nike Camp) there ...
 
New Hampshire Public Radio
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:48:29 -0700

Sal Sunseri sits at a restaurant in uptown New Orleans where they're serving summer oysters. SAL SUNSERI: This time of the year, they're kind of skinny. They have a little salt to them. ELLIOTT: Problem is there aren't as many oysters harvested from ...
 
Rocky Top Talk
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 -0700

In 2012 Sal Sunseri put the worst defense in school history on the field, finishing in the triple digits nationally in every major statistical category. So it's not that the 2014 Vols have the best defense in the nation or anything close to that. But ...
 
ESPN (blog)
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:08 -0700

Jimbo Fisher rubbed the head of his backup quarterback, who was burdened with the responsibility of preserving No. 1 Florida State's College Football Playoff hopes while the rest of his team was embroiled in controversy. Fisher then moved on to hug ...
 
thescore.com
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Sal Sunseri, Tino's father, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1982 NFL draft and later coached with the Carolina Panthers for six seasons. He is now the defensive line coach with the Florida State Seminoles. Tino's brother Vinnie Sunseri ...
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