Alabama hires Joe Pannunzio for football ops

The Alabama Crimson Tide hired Joe Pannunzio as director of football operations. The official press release follows:

The University of Alabama announced the hiring of Joe Pannunzio as director of football operations on Friday. Pannunzio brings nearly three decades of college football experience to the Capstone. He spent the last five years at the University of Miami (Fla.) and was the head coach at Murray State the previous six seasons. His primary role at UA will be to oversee the administration and operation of the football program.

“I’m honored to have the chance to work at such a special place like the University of Alabama and I’m really looking forward to moving into this administrative role,” said Pannunzio. “This is as good as it gets when it comes to college football and I appreciate Mal Moore and Nick Saban offering me this opportunity. In terms of running an organization, Coach Saban is the best in the country and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of the great football program here at Alabama.”

Pannunzio served as the tight ends/special teams coordinator at the Miami from 2006-10. The Hurricanes made four bowl appearances in his five years in Coral Gables.

While the head coach at Murray State from 2000-05, Pannunzio led the Racers to the 2002 Ohio Valley Championship joining Mike Gottfried, Frank Beamer and Houston Nutt as one of the four coaches to win a conference title at the school.

Pannunzio’s career has included stints at Southern Colorado, Mesa College, Kansas, TCU, Minnesota, Mississippi and Auburn. The Pueblo, Colorado, native was a standout quarterback at Southern Colorado, where he graduated with a degree in physical education in 1982. He was named honorable mention all-conference in 1980 and led his team to a No. 9 ranking in NAIA Division I. He and his wife, Rita, have two daughters (Angela and Nico) and one son (Mario).