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Sal Sunseri
Current position
Title Linebackers Coach
Team Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-08-01) August 1, 1959 (age 55)
Head coaching record
Career record 0–1
Team(s) as a player
1978–1981 Pittsburgh
Position(s) Linebacker
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1985–1992 Pittsburgh (DL/LB)
1992 Pittsburgh (AHC)
1993 Iowa Wesleyan (AHC/DC/ST)
1994 Illinois State (DC)
1995–1997 Louisville (LB)
1998–1999 Alabama A&M (DC/LB)
2000 LSU (LB/ST)
2001 Michigan State (LB/ST)
2002–2008 Carolina Panthers (DL)
2009–2011 Alabama (AHC/LB)
2012 Tennessee (DC)
2013–2014 Florida State (DE)
2015–present Oakland Raiders (LB)

Sal Sunseri (born August 1, 1959) is an American college and professional football coach. He is currently the linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. 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]

In December 2012, Sunseri accepted a job as a defensive assistant at Florida State University. Sunseri helped coach Florida State to the 2013 BCS National Championship.[11]

In January 2015 Sunseri accepted the position of linebackers coach with the Oakland Raiders.[12]

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.[13] 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. ^ "Raiders Announce Four Assistant Coaches". Raiders.com. 
  13. ^ "Tino Sunseri". University of Pittsburgh Athletics. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 

External links[edit]


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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:07:30 -0800

Sal Sunseri grew up in Pittsburgh, but he grew up watching the Raiders because his Pittsburgh Steelers were always meeting the Raiders in the playoffs. He understood the greatness of the Silver and Black because the team from Oakland was consistently ...

NBCSports.com

NBCSports.com
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:31:23 -0800

Report: Sal Sunseri to leave Florida State for position with Oakland Raiders. Posted by Brent Sobleski on January 22, 2015, 6:31 PM EDT. Carolina Panthers v New Orleans Saints Getty Images. Sal Sunseri doesn't stay in one place for very long. Florida ...

NBCSports.com

NBCSports.com
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:39:56 -0800

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The Territory.org (subscription)
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:11:37 -0700

Florida State took less than a day to replace defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, who left for the Oakland Raiders, with former Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing. Lawing coached at South Carolina for a combined 17 years between his two stints ...
 
Palm Beach Post
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:57:54 -0700

Jimbo Fisher told fans on national signing day that he “knew immediately” he wanted Lawing to replace the departed Sal Sunseri. Now, Lawing, who will coach ends and linebackers, will look to improve that pass rush, which lost seven of those sacks when ...
 
Raiders.com
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:01:13 -0700

“Coach Del Rio was a linebacker, played linebacker, Ken Norton, Jr., he played linebacker, and then [linebackers coach] coach [Sal] Sunseri, they all played linebacker,” Lofton said. “They're going to see it how I see it and I think they can help me ...

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Bleacher Report
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 04:03:14 -0700

UT was ranked 23rd heading into that battle, and it was favored and actually led in the second half before Sal Sunseri's defense collapsed and the Vols lost 37-20. That started the downward spiral that led to Dooley's ouster. This year, the buzz is ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:53:29 -0800

Robinson, who had a strong relationship with former FSU DE coach Sal Sunseri – now with the Oakland Raiders – felt this was an important trip. “I just came up here to get to know the coach that would be coaching me,” Robinson said. “He's a funny guy ...
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