Sal Sunseri is the outside linebackers coach for the University of Alabama with previous experience in the NFL. Sunseri previously played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, where he was an All-American linebacker.
Sunseri has earned several national championship rings during his 35-year coaching career. Last season’s national title was his fourth at the college level and third with Alabama.
Sunseri returned to Tuscaloosa in 2018, after making an immediate impact on the Florida defensive line. He lead the Gators to 11 forced fumbles and a total 37 sacks in 2018, marking the first time the program achieved those combined totals since 2015.
In December 2012, Sunseri accepted a job as a defensive assistant at FSU. Sunseri helped coach Florida State to the 2013 National Championship. Previously Sunseri spent three years as the outside linebackers coach for the University of Alabama and one year as the defensive coordinator at Tennessee. That Alabama team went 14-0 and featured a defense that ranked second nationally in scoring defense. Sunseri was part of Saban’s first national championship team at Alabama in 2009 as he led an outside linebackers unit that had 21.5 tackles and eight sacks. Six years prior, Sunseri worked as the defensive line coach for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
Between 1985 and 1992, Sunseri worked as a defensive line and linebackers coach for his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. Sunseri was promoted as an interim head coach for the final game versus Hawai’i.
At The University of Pittsburgh during the 1978-1981 seasons, Sunseri started at the linebacker position for three years, helping the Panthers lead the nation in total defense in 1980 and 1981. Sunseri was named a team captain during his senior season and went on to become a consensus All-American. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 10th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, his playing career was cut short later that offseason as he suffered a severe knee injury during training camp.
His wife, Roxann, was a varsity gymnast at Pittsburgh. The couple has two daughters, Jaclyn and Ashlyn, and two sons, Santino, who is a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide and, Vinnie, who works for the Patriots.