WAYNE – As reports came out that Jon Gruden, head football coach of the Las Vegas Raiders was submitting his resignation, a former Wayne State College football coach has moved into the interim position getting a chance in nearly 40 years to become a head coach.
According to the Las Vegas Raiders homepage, Raiders assistant Rich Bisaccia has been named the interim head coach. Bisaccia has been the special teams and assistant head coach with the Raiders since 2018 and has nearly 40 years of coaching experience (18 in National Football League).
Bisaccia began his coaching career in 1983 coaching defensive backs and special teams at Wayne State College in 1983. He then switched to the offensive side of the ball in 1984, tutoring quarterbacks and wide receivers for the next four seasons (1984-87).
Bisaccia is a native of Yonkers, N.Y, graduated from New Fairfield High School in Connecticut and attended Yankton College in South Dakota from 1979-1982 where he was a four-year starter at defensive back. The now interim head coach for the Las Vegas Raiders then served as team captain in 1982 and earned All-South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference honors in 1981 and 1982.
After his playing days, Bisaccia was a free agent signee with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL in 1983 before coaching at Wayne State College. He also received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from WSC.
He spent time with South Carolina from 1988 to 1993 as a graduate assistant, coaching tight ends and receivers and also served as a volunteer assistant coach for defensive ends before he took over as an assistant coach and coached running backs. He was at Clemson from 1994 – 1998; Mississippi from 1999 – 2001 leading the running backs and special teams; the special teams coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 to 2010; served as assistant head coach and special teams coach at the San Diego Chargers (2011 – 2012) as well as Dallas Cowboys (2013 – 2017).
Per his bio on raiders.com, He and his wife, Jeanne, have three daughters, Michele, Elizabeth and Maddie, a son, Richie, and five grandchildren, Joel, AnnaJean, Cash, Everett and Ace.