Tide Adds Football Operations Director
"I'm honored to have the chance to work at such a special place like The University of Alabama and I'm really looking forward to moving into this administrative role," said Joe Pannunzio in a release from The University. "This is as good as it gets when it comes to college football and I appreciate Mal Moore and Nick Saban offering me this opportunity. In terms of running an organization, Coach Saban is the best in the country and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of the great football program here at Alabama."
Pannunzio served as the tight ends/special teams coordinator at the Miami from 2006-10. The Hurricanes made four bowl appearances in his five years in Coral Gables.
While the head coach at Murray State from 2000-05, Pannunzio led the Racers to the 2002 Ohio Valley Championship joining Mike Gottfried, Frank Beamer and Houston Nutt as one of the four coaches to win a conference title at the school.
He replaces Mike Vollmar, who left Alabama to take a similar position at Michigan.
Pannunzio's career has included stints at Southern Colorado, Mesa College, Kansas, TCU, Minnesota, Mississippi and Auburn.
The Pueblo, Colorado, native was a standout quarterback at Southern Colorado, where he graduated with a degree in physical education in 1982. He was named honorable mention all-conference in 1980 and led his team to a No. 9 ranking in NAIA Division I.
He and his wife, Rita, have two daughters (Angela and Nico) and one son (Mario).
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