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. He succeeded J. D. Brookhart, who was relieved of his duties after the 2009 season in which the Akron Zips went 3–9. Ianello was on his way to his mother's funeral when Akron's athletic director reached him on his cell phone to break the news of his firing. 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.
|Title||Wide receivers coach|
|Born||November 4, 1965|
Port Chester, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2005–2009||Notre Dame (WR/RC)|
|Head coaching record|
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. 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. 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.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Akron Zips (Mid-American Conference) (2010–2011)|
Assistants under Rob Ianello who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:
- "Zips select new football coach" - Ohio.com Retrieved December 10, 2009
- "Akron Zips fire football coach J.D. Brookhart: search begins immediately" - Cleveland.com Retrieved December 10, 2009
- "Akron fires Rob Ianello en route to his mother’s funeral" - Yahoo! Sports
- Rob Ianello at BlueandGold.com Retrieved December 10, 2009
- "Ianello takes over Zips" - Espn.com