Rob Ianello

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Rob Ianello
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Wide receivers coach
Team Buffalo
Conference MAC
Biographical details
Born (1965-11-04) November 4, 1965 (age 52)
Port Chester, New York
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989 Alabama (assistant)
1990–1993 Wisconsin (assistant)
1994–2002 Arizona (assistant)
2003–2004 Wisconsin (TE)
2005–2009 Notre Dame (WR/RC)
2010–2011 Akron
2012–2013 Kansas (WR/RC)
2015–present Buffalo (AHC/WR/RC)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–22

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] 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.[4] 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.

Assistant coach[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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 life[edit]

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 record[edit]

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 tree[edit]

Assistants under Rob Ianello who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


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