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Alabama announces hiring of special teams coordinator and tight end coach

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On Monday, Alabama coach Nick Saban announced a familiar face, Joe Pannunzio, will join the coaching staff as the Crimson Tide’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He served as Alabama’s director of football operations from 2011-14 before leaving to work as the director of personnel operations for the Philadelphia Eagles for the last two seasons.

“I am very pleased that we were able to bring Joe back to our staff,” Saban said. “He does an excellent job coaching special teams and tight ends, a role I know he truly enjoys. He is a great fit in our organization and I think our players will respond well to his positive attitude and energy. We are excited to welcome Joe and his wife Rita back to The University of Alabama.”

Pannunzio held both of these positions before at the University of Miami (Florida) from 2006-2010. While he was there he worked with tight ends such as Carolina Panther Greg Olsen and Seattle Seahawk Jimmy Graham.

“I am excited to have the chance to return to The University of Alabama and once again work for Coach Saban,” Pannunzio said. “I have always loved working with the special teams and tight ends and the chance to do it for the best coach and the best program in college football is a very special opportunity. My family and I love Tuscaloosa, and I can’t wait to get back out on the field coaching.”

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Alabama announces hiring of special teams coordinator and tight end coach