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Joe D'Alessandris
Offensive Line
College:
Western Carolina
Hometown:
Aliquippa, PA
Experience:
7

Bio

If the NFL had handed out an Offensive Line Coach of the Year Award in 2013, D’Alessandris would have been a leading candidate. Few teams endured as much turnover as the Chargers, as injuries forced him to start seven different combinations of linemen, while playing a total of 17 different combinations on the line at various points of the season. Only seven times did the Bolts’ five starting offensive linemen play an entire game together. Despite the revolving door up front, the Chargers made the playoffs by allowing just 30 sacks during the regular season, tied with Chicago for fourth-fewest in the league, and they only allowed 150 yards in losses, which was the second-lowest total in the NFL.

The offensive line also helped the team to the postseason by blocking for more than 100 yards rushing in 12 of 16 regular-season games, including four straight and seven of the last eight to close out the campaign. That stretch included a regular-season-best 186 yards in the 2013 season finale against Kansas City that vaulted the Bolts into the playoffs.

A native of Aliquippa, Pa., D’Alessandris spent his summers during college working in the city’s steel mills before moving on to Western Carolina University where he earned four letters and started three years as a guard. Team MVP and a team captain as a senior, he graduated in 1977 and earned a master’s degree from WCU two years later. While working toward his master’s, he began coaching as a graduate assistant. That led to his first full-time job as the offensive line coach at Livingston University in 1979. Since then, D’Alessandris has spent the last 37 years as a coach and the 2014 season will mark his 36th year coaching the offensive line.

D’Alessandris landed his first NFL job with Kansas City in 2008. A year later, guard Brian Waters was voted to his first-career Pro Bowl and running back Jamaal Charles recorded his first-career 1,000 yard season.

In 2010, D’Alessandris moved on to Buffalo where he coached until 2012. In 2011, the Bills led the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23), which was also third-fewest in team history during a 16-game season.

D’Alessandris and his wife, Toni, have three children: Kelly, Emily and Anna. Anna is married to Allen Thomas and they have a son, Maxwell.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Beaver County (Pa.) Sports Hall of Fame and the Center High School Hall of Fame.

If the NFL had handed out an Offensive Line Coach of the Year Award in 2013, D’Alessandris would have been a leading candidate. Few teams endured as much turnover as the Chargers, as injuries forced him to start seven different combinations of linemen, while playing a total of 17 different combinations on the line at various points of the season. Only seven times did the Bolts’ five starting offensive linemen play an entire game together. Despite the revolving door up front, the Chargers made the playoffs by allowing just 30 sacks during the regular season, tied with Chicago for fourth-fewest in the league, and they only allowed 150 yards in losses, which was the second-lowest total in the NFL.

The offensive line also helped the team to the postseason by blocking for more than 100 yards rushing in 12 of 16 regular-season games, including four straight and seven of the last eight to close out the campaign. That stretch included a regular-season-best 186 yards in the 2013 season finale against Kansas City that vaulted the Bolts into the playoffs.

A native of Aliquippa, Pa., D’Alessandris spent his summers during college working in the city’s steel mills before moving on to Western Carolina University where he earned four letters and started three years as a guard. Team MVP and a team captain as a senior, he graduated in 1977 and earned a master’s degree from WCU two years later. While working toward his master’s, he began coaching as a graduate assistant. That led to his first full-time job as the offensive line coach at Livingston University in 1979. Since then, D’Alessandris has spent the last 37 years as a coach and the 2014 season will mark his 36th year coaching the offensive line.

D’Alessandris landed his first NFL job with Kansas City in 2008. A year later, guard Brian Waters was voted to his first-career Pro Bowl and running back Jamaal Charles recorded his first-career 1,000 yard season.

In 2010, D’Alessandris moved on to Buffalo where he coached until 2012. In 2011, the Bills led the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23), which was also third-fewest in team history during a 16-game season.

D’Alessandris and his wife, Toni, have three children: Kelly, Emily and Anna. Anna is married to Allen Thomas and they have a son, Maxwell.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Beaver County (Pa.) Sports Hall of Fame and the Center High School Hall of Fame.

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