Tony Sparano Jr.

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Anthony Michael Sparano Jr.[1] (born October 22, 1986) is an American football coach who is an assistant offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously served as the assistant DL coach of the Hartford Colonials, the quality control and offense coach for the Miami Dolphins, and an offensive assistant for the New York Jets. He most recently had been the tight ends coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Tony Sparano Jr.
Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Assistant offensive line coach
Personal information
Born: (1986-10-22) October 22, 1986 (age 34)
Boston, Massachusetts
Career information
College:Albany
Career history
As coach:

CollegeEdit

Sparano attended the University of Albany, playing defensive end, and made 24 career appearances; he earned three varsity letters and "2008 ESPN The Magazine All-District 1 Academic Team".[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Sparano started out his coaching career with the Hartford Colonials. They hired him as a defensive line assistant based on his experience as a defensive player for the University of Albany for three years and his background with his father Tony Sparano being the assistant coach for the Browns.[3]

After coaching a year there Sparano then moved to coach the Miami Dolphins as a quality control coach, where he was working under his father Tony Sparano.[4] After his father was fired from the Dolphins both Sparano men started coaching with the New York Jets in 2012. Tony started out coaching with the Jets as a seasonal intern and then an offensive intern. After his father was fired from the Jets as the assistant head coach, head coach Rex Ryan decided that he wanted to keep Tony and give him a promotion. Sparano accepted the promotion to offensive assistant and was said to be an asset to the team by doing "the job of a ton of guys"(Ryan). Sparano was with the Jets for three years and after Ryan was fired, he followed him when he became the new head coach for the Buffalo Bills.[5]

On January 17, 2017, Sparano was replaced by Rob Boras as the Buffalo Bills tight ends' coach under Sean McDermott's new coaching staff.

On January 19, 2017, it was announced that Sparano would be joining the Jacksonville Jaguars as an assistant tight ends coach.

Personal lifeEdit

Sparano was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of former NFL head coach Tony Sparano.

Sparano is married and has two children: Anthony Jr. and Gabriella.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mehta, Manish (May 26, 2012). "Tony Sparano's loyalty, character make NY Jets players feel like loved ones". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on June 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Tony Sparano". UALBANY. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Doyle, Paul. "UFL'S Hartford Colonials Announce Assistant Coaches". Hartford Courant. Hartford Courant. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Staff". Miami Dolphins. Miami Dolphins. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Costello, Brian. "Sparano Jr. maintains role with Jets after dad's ouster". New York Post. NYP holdings. Retrieved December 15, 2014.