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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 56)
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 is a backup Quarterback 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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Raiders.com
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:22:33 -0700

1. His son, Vinnie Sunseri, is a Safety for the New Orleans Saints and previously played for the Alabama Crimson Tide. His other son, Tino Sunseri, previously played QB at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a QB in the Canadian Football League.

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:05:14 -0700

The last two times it happened — with Dave Clawson in 2008 and Sal Sunseri in 2012 — the Vols had losing seasons that ended in head-coaching changes. Both of those coordinators, though, were overhauling the offensive or defensive schemes. That's not ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Fri, 01 May 2015 16:27:33 -0700

That means Edwards will reunite with Sal Sunseri, who coached him at FSU the past two seasons. Sunseri, was an outside linebackers/defensive ends coach at FSU, left Tallahassee after this season to become Oakland's linebackers coach. Edwards (6-3 ...

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

Raiders adding Sal Sunseri to defensive staff. Posted by Darin Gantt on January 23, 2015, 8:39 AM EDT. Alabama Tennessee Sunseris Football AP. As Jack Del Rio builds his coaching staff in Oakland, he's reached out to another former co-worker. According ...

Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville News Sentinel
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:56:15 -0700

Sal Sunseri Returns: Sorry, I couldn't resist the shock value. As UT fans are reminded in their nightmares, Sunseri coordinated the 2012 defense, which gave up the following point totals in successive games: 51, 41, 44, 38, 48, 51, 41. There's a better ...

NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:45:00 -0700

Moore told Corman that he's been working with linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and Norton to refine his techniques. Often during his first two seasons, Moore seemed to play with too much emotion – even losing control at times. That certainly was most ...

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:52:30 -0700

FSU hired Brad Lawing to replace outside linebacker/defensive end coach Sal Sunseri, who left for a similar position with the Oakland Raiders. Lawing has a reputation for molding top-end pass rushers, something FSU has lacked the past couple seasons.
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