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Robert S. Ianello (born November 4, 1965) is an American football coach. He is currently the recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and associate head coach at the University at Buffalo. Ianello served as the head football coach at the University of Akron from 2010 to 2011, compiling a record of 2–22. He was fired after the 2011 season.[1][2] He succeeded J. D. Brookhart, who was relieved of his duties after the 2009 season in which the Akron Zips went 3–9.[3] Before he was hired at Akron, Ianello had been an assistant football coach since 1988, including stints at the University of Alabama, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Arizona, and the University of Notre Dame.

Rob Ianello
Current position
TitleWide receivers coach
Biographical details
Born (1965-11-04) November 4, 1965 (age 53)
Port Chester, New York
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989Alabama (assistant)
1990–1993Wisconsin (assistant)
1994–2002Arizona (assistant)
2003–2004Wisconsin (TE)
2005–2009Notre Dame (WR/RC)
2012–2013Kansas (WR/RC)
2015–presentBuffalo (AHC/WR/RC)
Head coaching record

Assistant coachEdit

For two years, Ianello was tight ends coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, when he then moved to the University of Notre Dame to be receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.[4] Ianello briefly took over as interim head coach after Notre Dame fired head coach Charlie Weis and before Brian Kelly was hired.


In December 2009, Akron hired Ianello as football coach.[5] He lost his first eleven games as a head coach before beating Buffalo in the final game of the 2010 season. His only other win as Akron's coach was a 36-13 defeat of VMI in 2011. Ianello was dismissed as Akron's head coach after just two seasons.

Personal lifeEdit

Ianello is a native of Port Chester, New York and a 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America where he received a bachelor's degree in English. He and his wife have three children.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Akron Zips (Mid-American Conference) (2010–2011)
2010 Akron 1–11 1–7 T–5th (East)
2011 Akron 1–11 0–8 7th (East)
Akron: 2–22 1–15
Total: 2–22

Coaching treeEdit

Assistants under Ianello who became college head coaches:


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