Joe DeCamillis

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Joe DeCamillis
Current position
Title Special teams coordinator
Team Chicago Bears
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-06-29) June 29, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Arvada, Colorado
Alma mater University of Wyoming
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1988–1992

1993–1996

1997–2006

2007–2008

2009–2012

2013-Present
Denver Broncos
(special teams coach)
New York Giants
(special teams coach)
Atlanta Falcons
(special teams coach)
Jacksonville Jaguars
(special teams coach)
Dallas Cowboys
(special teams coordinator)
Chicago Bears
(assistant head coach/special teams coordinator)

Joe DeCamillis (born June 29, 1965) is currently the special teams coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the Chicago Bears. He has also coached for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars.

On May 2, 2009, the Dallas Cowboys practice facility collapsed during a wind storm. The collapse left DeCamillis and 11 other Cowboys players and coaches injured. DeCamillis and Rich Behm, the team's 33-year-old scouting assistant, received the most severe injuries. DeCamillis suffered fractured cervical vertebrae and had surgery to stabilize fractured vertebrae in his neck, and Behm was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed.[1] DeCamillis received much praise from the media and fans in the months following the incident for continuing to coach in his high energy style, wearing a neck brace, only 9 days following the incident.[2] He was finally able to remove the brace on August 10, 2009.[3]

On January 16, 2013, DeCamillis was hired by the Bears. He had been interviewed by the Bears for their head coaching position, but was later hired as special teams coach and assistant head coach.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Contact KOGOD: Comment Facebook Twitter (2009-05-02). "Cowboys Practice Bubble Collapse". Deadspin.com. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  2. ^ DeCamillis makes inspirational return[dead link]
  3. ^ DeCamillis out of neck brace[dead link]
  4. ^ Seligman, Andrew (2013-01-16). "AP Source: Kromer new Bears offensive coordinator". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-01-16.