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January 30, 2013

Cowboys announce hiring of Rich Bisaccia as special teams coach; Garrett: 'His enthusiasm and passion are infectious'

The Cowboys announced the hiring on Wednesday of veteran NFL and college assistant Rich Bisaccia as special teams coach.

With the Cowboys, Bisaccia rejoins defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. They worked together from 2002 to 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bisaccia’s hiring brings the Cowboys closer to completing their staff. They still need to hire a running backs coach and a tight ends coach.

“Rich has been among the top special teams coordinators in the NFL for the last decade,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said in a statement released by the team. “He combines a tremendous amount of expertise to go along with outstanding teaching ability. His enthusiasm and passion for the game are infectious, and his units play with a relentless spirit that we believe is so important.

“I have had a chance to be around him and see first-hand how significant his impact can be in such a critical part of the game. We're fortunate to be able to add him to our staff.”

The Cowboys lost their special teams coach from last year when Joe DeCamillis took the same position with the Chicago Bears.

Bisaccia, 52, is a native of Yonkers, N.Y., who began his coaching career in 1983 at Wayne State after playing defensive back at Yankton College in South Dakota.

He coached 19 years as an assistant in college, with stops in South Carolina, Clemson and Mississippi. He coached special teams at all of the SEC stops, along with tight ends, receivers and defensive ends.

In the NFL, the 2009 Buccaneers led the NFL with six blocked kicks and 26.3 yards per kickoff return. They were also second in fewest average kickoff return yards allowed.

Bisaccia was the Bucs’ special teams coach when they won Super Bowl XXXVII 10 years ago. In Tampa, Bisaccia’s units produced three Pro Bowl players, 13 NFC player of the week winners and four NFC player of the month winners.

Bisaccia left Tampa in 2009 to become special teams coach with the San Diego Chargers.

– Carlos Mendez

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