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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Rich Bisaccia hired by Cowboys

By Calvin Watkins
ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Cowboys moved closer to finalizing their coaching staff Wednesday by naming Rich Bisaccia special teams coordinator.

Bisaccia spent the past two seasons with the San Diego Chargers before joining Auburn as its running backs coach/special teams coordinator in early January. But Bisaccia was allowed to leave the school because he wanted to coach in the NFL.

From 2002-10, Bisaccia coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a variety of positions. He was their special teams coach from 2002-07 before becoming the associate head coach/running backs coach in 2008. In 2009 and '10, Bisaccia became their special teams coach/associate head coach.

During his time with Tampa Bay, Bisaccia won a Super Bowl ring, had three Pro Bowl selections from his units and had 13 NFC Player of the Week honors. In 2009, the Buccaneers led the NFL with six blocked kicks, paced the league in kickoff return average (26.3 average) and ranked just second in kickoff coverage (19.1 yards per return allowed).

Bisaccia replaces Joe DeCamillis, who left the Cowboys to become the special teams coordinator/assistant head coach with the Chicago Bears.

The Cowboys still have two openings on their coaching staff -- running backs and tight ends.

It's uncertain if Bisaccia will add a kicking coach. Last season, the Cowboys had Chris Boniol at that position, but his contract wasn't renewed.