Joe Tripodi
Joe  Tripodi

Assistant Coach/Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

Alma Mater, Year:
Northwestern, 2006


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The longest tenured assistant coach on the Northern Illinois University football coaching staff, Joe Tripodi is in his seventh season at NIU and his fourth as the Huskies’ offensive line coach. He also adds responsibilities as NIU's run game coordinator in 2016.

During his career at NIU, Tripodi has been a part of a staff that has produced some of the most successful and prolific offenses in NIU history. In his five seasons working with the Huskie offensive line (three as assistant coach and two as graduate assistant), 11 of his players have earned All Mid-American Conference honors, including three in 2015. He has coached three All-Americans as Trevor Olson and Scott Wedige earned the recognition in 2011, while Max Scharping was named a Freshman All-American in 2015.  

In 2015, seniors Andrew Ness and Aidan Conlon set the NCAA FBS record for career games started when they each made their 56th consecutive career start in the Poinsettia Bowl. The duo started every game of their Huskie careers and both were named first team All-MAC as seniors, while Levon Myers earned second team All-MAC recognition while leading the way for Joel Bouagnon's 1,000-yard, 18-TD season.   

The 2014 season saw NIU win its third Mid-American Conference title of Tripodi’s tenure, with the help of an offensive line that featured first team All-MAC selections Tyler Loos and Andrew Ness.

The Huskie offense set three MAC and nine school records in 2013, including yards rushing, yards per game and points scored, guided by Tripodi’s offensive line unit that produced two All-MAC honorees in Loos and Jared Volk.

In 2012, NIU ran for a school record 44 touchdowns, while the 2010 Huskies set the school record for yards per carry average. In 2011, NIU set the single season mark for passing yards.

The Huskies have also ranked among the league and national leaders in fewest sacks allowed over the last three seasons. In 2014, NIU’s offensive line allowed just 14 sacks all season to rank tied for eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Tripodi spent three seasons as a graduate assistant on the Huskie coaching staff, serving as tight ends and fullbacks coach during NIU’s 2012 MAC Championship season. Now the longest tenured coach on staff, he spent his first two GA seasons at NIU working with the offensive line and led the offensive line in the Huskies’ 40-17 victory Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl.

He came to NIU from his hometown of Chelsea, Mich. where he served as defensive line coach at Chelsea High School, his alma mater, in 2008 and 2009.

Tripodi was Northwestern’s starting left guard in 2005 and 2006 and was a co-recipient of the 2006 Randy Walker Wildcat Award, given for work ethic, toughness and warrior attitude. He was part of the offensive line that played a key role in Northwestern’s record-setting offensive season in 2005.

Tripodi earned all-state honors in both football and track and field at Chelsea High School and was one of six finalists for the Michigan High School Athlete of the Year honor as a senior. The three-time all-conference and two-time all-area selection in football also won back-to-back state titles in the shot put. His football team went 30-4 in his three years as a starter.

He graduated from Northwestern in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and earned his master’s in adult and higher education at NIU. Tripodi is married to the former Rachel Munoz, and they have two children: daughter Emma and son Roman.


2010-  NIU
 Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator, 2016-  
 Offensive Line, 2013-15
 Tight Ends/Fullbacks, 2012
 Graduate Assistant, 2010-11
2008-2009   Chelsea H.S. (Defensive Line)


2015  Poinsettia Bowl (NIU)
2014  Boca Raton Bowl (NIU)
2013  Poinsettia Bowl (NIU)
2013  Orange Bowl (NIU)
2012 Bowl (NIU)
2010  Humanitarian Bowl (NIU)
2008-09   Michigan Division 3 Playoffs (Chelsea H.S.) 
2005  Sun Bowl (Northwestern, Player)
2003  Motor City Bowl (Northwestern, Player)


2002-2006   Northwestern (Offensive Line)


College  B.S., Northwestern, 2006 
High School   Chelsea, 2002


Birthdate  March 4, 1984
Birthplace  Chelsea, Mich.
Hometown   Ann Arbor, Mich.
Family  Wife, Rachel, daughter Emma (3) and son Roman (infant) 

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