JOE TRICARIO NAMED AS TIGER FOOTBALL ASSISTANT COACH
Veteran Assistant To Coach Special Teams, Secondary
TOWSON, Md. – Veteran coach Joe Tricario has been named as an assistant coach for the Towson University football team, it has been announced by Head Coach Rob Ambrose.
A native of New York City, Coach Tricario has spent nearly 30 years as a football coach on the high school, college and pro football levels. He will serve as the Tigers’ secondary and special teams coach.
“After a nationwide search of some very high quality candidates, we hired Joe Tricario as our special teams coordinator,” said Coach Ambrose. “Joe brings a wealth of experience in both special teams coordination and recruiting in the northeast and we are thrilled to have him join our football family.”
Most recently, Tricario was a member of the staff at the University of Massachusetts where he served as the special teams and linebackers coach for Kevin Morris. In that role, he worked with All-American linebacker Tyler Holmes.
A 1983 graduate of Cortland State, he played wide receiver for the Red Dragons. He started his coaching career after graduation, serving as an assistant coach Mount St. Michael Academy in New York for one year and Mount Vernon High School for one season.
In 1985, he became a graduate assistant at the University of Albany for Coach Bob Ford. He worked with the wide receivers and quarterbacks. During his first season at Albany, he helped the Great Danes post a 9-2 record and win the ECAC Bowl championship with a victory over Plymouth State.
After five seasons at Albany, he joined the coaching staff of the Montreal Machine, a team in the World League of American Football (WLAF). He coached for Jacque Dasseault as Montreal posted a two-year record of 6-14. The WLAF was the forerunner of NFL Europe.
During the off-season of the WLAF, he coached at Union College in New York. In one season at Union, he helped the Dutchmen reach the NCAA Division III semi-finals and post a 10-1 record. He was a member of the staff for Coach Al Bagnoli.
In 1992, he followed Bagnoli to the University of Pennsylvania where he served as the Quakers’ special teams and wide receivers coach. In two seasons at Penn, he helped the Quakers compile a 17-3 record and win the 1993 Ivy League championship.
After two years at Penn, he became the special teams and the wide receivers coach at Fordham University.
In 1995, he returned to pro football to coach special teams and wide receivers for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
After one season in the CFL, he returned to the college game, joining Coach Bill Russo’s staff at Lafayette College. He spent three seasons working with the Leopards as their special teams and wide receiver coach.
In 1999, he returned to Fordham University as the Rams’ special teams coach for Coach Dave Clawson. At Fordham, he was part of the Rams’ dramatic turnaround. In 1999, Fordham posted an 0-11 record. Three years later, Fordham won the Patriot League championship with a 10-3 record. In 2002, Coach Tricario was named as Fordham’s defensive coordinator.
Coach Tricario joined the Stony Brook staff in 2006 and handled a variety of roles. He was the defensive coordinator, special teams coach and the linebackers coach for Coach Chuck Priorie. At Stony Brook, he helped the team compile a 28-27 overall record and win back-to-back Big South Conference championships.
The son of a prominent high school football coach in the New York City area, Coach Tricario and his wife, Aggie, reside in the Towson area.