Saturday, May 18 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:21:31 GMT
The Auburn baseball team, seeded 10th, will face a familiar foe in the first round of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament as it is set to face seventh-seeded and in-state rival Alabama on TuesdayMore >>
The Auburn baseball team, seeded 10th, will face a familiar foe in the first round of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament as it is set to face seventh-seeded and in-state rival Alabama on Tuesday at the Hoover Met.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:19:43 GMT
Auburn scored eight times in the fourth inning en route to an 11-6 win over No. 11 Arkansas in the regular season finale. With the win Auburn, which won its final three SEC series, two over ranked opponents,More >>
With the win Auburn, which won its final three SEC series, two over ranked opponents, finished the 2013 regular season 33-22, 13-17 SEC while Arkansas finished it 35-19, 18-11 SEC.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-17 03:02:28 GMT
Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined to hold No. 11 Arkansas to just five hits and kept them out of the run column for the entire night as the Auburn baseball team picked up a 3-0 win on ThursdayMore >>
Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined to hold No. 11 Arkansas to just five hits and kept them out of the run column for the entire night as the Auburn baseball team picked up a 3-0 win on Thursday in the series opener.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:37 PM EDT2013-05-15 22:37:32 GMT
Jerome Seagears, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising junior guard who played two seasons at Rutgers, has transferred to Auburn, head coach Tony Barbee announced on Wednesday. Auburn is petitioning to the NCAAMore >>
Jerome Seagears, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound rising junior guard who played two seasons at Rutgers, has transferred to Auburn, head coach Tony Barbeeannounced on Wednesday.More >>
Sunday, May 12 2013 8:06 PM EDT2013-05-13 00:06:53 GMT
Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run to start the fifth and Ryan Tella hit a three-run home run with two down in the sixth as Auburn claimed a 4-1 win at Florida on Sunday afternoon. With the win Auburn wonMore >>
Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run to start the fifth and Ryan Tella hit a three-run home run with two down in the sixth as Auburn claimed a 4-1 win at Florida on Sunday afternoon.More >>
Rich Bisaccia (Be-sach-ia) has been named special teams and running backs coach at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Thursday. Bisaccia will also assume the title of assistant head coach. A 30-year coaching veteran who is regarded as one of the top special teams coaches in the game, Bisaccia spent the last 11 seasons coaching in the National Football League.
"Rich is widely regarded as the one of the top special teams coaches in all of football and has coached several elite running backs, so we're thrilled to have him join our staff," Malzahn said. "Rich's resume speaks for itself. He has been a part of some outstanding teams, including a Super Bowl Champion in Tampa Bay. He has coached several running backs and special teams players that were among the very best in the game at both the collegiate and professional level."
Bisaccia spent the previous two years coaching special teams for the San Diego Chargers after nine years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was promoted to assistant head coach—special teams after the 2011 season.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me to return to the college game at a program like Auburn," Bisaccia said. "I have an incredible amount of respect for Auburn and Coach Malzahn. I met Gus in the spring of 2010 and have followed his cutting edge offense and what he's accomplished as a coach since he started coaching in college. He's a man of character and I had previously worked with Ellis Johnson and Charlie Harbison, so I knew the type of staff that Gus was putting together. I'm excited and ready to help Auburn return to a championship caliber team."
Before coaching in the NFL, Bisaccia spent the first 19 years of his career at the collegiate level at Ole Miss (1999-2001), Clemson (1994-98), South Carolina (1988-93) and Wayne State (1983-87).
In his first season at San Diego, kicker Nick Novak, brought in to replace an injured Nate Kaeding, made 27 of 34 field goals and set two team records under Bisaccia's watch, while Mike Scifres averaged a then-career high 47.5 yards per punt.
The kickoff coverage unit took a leap forward, improving from 26th to 11th in the NFL. The Chargers also improved its punt coverage, allowing opponents 5.7 yards less per return and improving Scifres' net average by nearly 9 yards. The Chargers also had a team-record 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, executed two successful onside kicks and a fake punt in 2011.
In 2012, Novak connected on 25 of 27 field goals, the only misses coming from beyond 50 yards, while Scifres improved his average to a career-best and team-record 48.3 yards per punt. Michael Spurlock averaged 17.1 yards per punt return and had a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns, while the kickoff coverage unit was third in the NFL in opponents' average field position.
From 2002-10, Bisaccia coached special teams in Tampa Bay. In his first season, the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, under head coach Jon Gruden. Bisaccia added the title of associate head coach for the 2008-10 seasons. Bisaccia also coached running backs in 2008 for Tampa Bay, including former Auburn great Carnell Williams.
Bisaccia's special teamers in Tampa Bay earned three Pro Bowl selections, 13 NFC Player of the Week awards and four NFC Player of the Month awards. The Buccaneers scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns, four on punt returns, and blocked 10 field goals, five punts and three PATs.
In 2009, the Buccaneers led the NFL with six blocked kicks. They also led the league in kickoff return average and ranked second in opponent kickoff return average.
During his three years at Ole Miss, Bisaccia coached one of the most prolific offensive players in school history in running back Deuce McAllister, who was selected in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. McAllister finished his Ole Miss career with 18 school records, including most yards gained rushing with 3,060.
Bisaccia coached three All-SEC performers at Ole Miss, with McAllister earning all-conference accolades in 1999 and 2000. McAllister was also selected to the All-SEC team as either an all-purpose player or a punt returner during his final two seasons. In 1999, both McAllister and running back Joe Gunn earned first team All-SEC recognition.
Under Bisaccia's guidance, Ole Miss was strong in special teams play. Place-kicker Les Binkley set a school single-season scoring record for a kicker and garnered All-SEC accolades in 1999. During the 2001 season, Jason Armstead finished second in the SEC and ninth in the nation in kick returns as the Rebels led the conference and were 12th in the nation in kickoff returns.
Bisaccia spent five years as the running backs coach, special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Clemson. During his stint with the Tigers, Bisaccia coached three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back Raymond Priester, who set 18 school rushing records. The Tigers' special teams set a school record for blocked kicks in 1997 and was the only school in the nation to have four players ranked in four special teams categories in 1995.
In 1988, Bisaccia took a graduate assistant position with South Carolina and coached tight ends and receivers. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach for defensive ends. He took over as an assistant coach in 1992 and was responsible for running backs and special teams. Under Bisaccia, the Gamecocks led the SEC in kickoff returns in 1992 and set a school record for blocked kicks. South Carolina also had a pair of All-SEC running backs in Brandon Bennett and Rob DeBoer.
A former defensive back at Yankton College in South Dakota, the native of Yonkers, N.Y. began his coaching career at Wayne State (Neb.) College in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education degree with a minor in Health Education from Wayne State.
Bisaccia and wife, Jeanne, have three daughters, Michele, Elizabeth and Madeline, and a son, Richie.
1983 Defensive Backs and Special Teams, Wayne State
1984-87 Quarterbacks and Receivers, Wayne State
1988 Grad Asst., Tight Ends and Wide Receivers, South Carolina
1989-90 Volunteer Asst., Def. Ends and Special Teams, South Carolina
1991 Volunteer Asst., Tight Ends and Special Teams, South Carolina
1992-93 Running Backs and Special Teams, South Carolina
1994-98 Running Backs and Special Teams, Clemson
1999 Running Backs and Special Teams, Ole Miss
2000-01 Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs and Special Teams, Ole Miss
2002-07 Special Teams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2008 Associate Head Coach, Special Teams and Running Backs, Tampa Bay
2009-10 Associate Head Coach and Special Teams, Tampa Bay
2011 Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
2012 Assistant Head Coach—Special Teams, San Diego Chargers
Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverMore >>
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyMore >>
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MMore >>
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.More >>
Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theMore >>
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. More >>
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.More >>
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night. More >>
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