Joe Pannunzio, who enters the 41st season of his football career, was named the Philadelphia Eagles' assistant special teams coordinator during the 2021 offseason.
Joe Pannunzio, who enters the 41st season of his football career, was named the Philadelphia Eagles' assistant special teams coordinator during the 2021 offseason. He spent the previous two years (2019-20) as the Eagles' director of team development after originally serving as the director of personnel operations from 2015-16.
Between stints in Philadelphia, Pannunzio was the running backs coach (2018) and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach (2017) at Alabama under Nick Saban. He also worked as the Crimson Tide's director of personnel operations during the 2011-14 seasons.
From 2006-10, Pannunzio served as the tight ends coach/special teams coordinator at Miami (FL). During his time with the Hurricanes, he tutored players such as Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen.
Pannunzio was the head coach at Murray State from 2000-05 and captained the Racers to the 2002 Ohio Valley championship, becoming just the fourth head coach in school history to win a conference title. He also led Murray State to the 2002 NCAA Subdivision playoffs.
Pannunzio worked under Tommy Tuberville at Auburn (1999) and Mississippi (1995-98), coaching the tight ends and special teams units with both programs. He also served in the same capacity under Jim Wacker at Minnesota (1992-94). Before joining the Golden Gophers, he was a member of Wacker's staff at TCU (1990-91), where he held the title of offensive line/tight ends/special teams coach.
From 1987-90, Pannunzio was the offensive coordinator at Mesa (CO) College. He additionally coached the school's quarterbacks and wide receivers from 1982-84. During his seven years at Mesa, the program twice appeared in the NAIA National Championship game and once led the nation in total offense and scoring. Between those stints, Pannunzio worked with the tight ends at Kansas from 1985-86.
Pannunzio began his coaching career as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Southern Colorado, in 1981. He was a standout quarterback in college, leading his team to a No. 9 ranking in NAIA Division I while earning honorable mention all-conference accolades in 1980.
A native of Pueblo, CO, Pannunzio and wife, Rita, have two daughters, Angela and Nico, and a son, Mario.