Sisa came to Carolina after serving two seasons (2008-09) as a graduate assistant at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles made back-to-back appearances in the New Orleans Bowl during his tenure. Sisa helped tutor the Southern Miss secondary under defensive coordinator Todd Bradford and head coach Larry Fedora. He was also responsible for opponent scouting reports, scout team film study and practice scripts.
Sisa was a quality control coach at the University of Illinois in 2007 where he worked primarily with the team's linebackers. Illinois was 9-3 that season and advanced to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1984.
Sisa began his coaching career at Ed White High School in Jacksonville, Fla., under head coach Dan Disch, who is now the defensive coordinator at Southern Miss. He was the secondary coach in 2003 and the defensive coordinator from 2004-06. Sisa served as the team's NCAA recruiting liaison for prospective student-athletes and also was the Shrine Bowl defensive coordinator in 2006.
A linebacker at perennial Division III power Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., in 1997, Sisa's career was cut short by a shoulder injury. He transferred to Virginia Tech where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2001. He received a master's degree in sports management in 2009 from Southern Miss.
Sisa, and his wife, Lisa, reside in Durham. Lisa is an elementary school teacher in Raleigh.