Joe Tripodi
Joe  Tripodi

Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

Alma Mater, Year:
Northwestern, 2006


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Joe Tripodi returns for his sixth season as a member of the Northern Illinois University coaching staff and is in his third season as the Huskies’ offensive line coach.

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 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.

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.

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 came to NIU from his hometown of Chelsea, Mich. where he served as defensive line coach at 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 (2013-)
Tight Ends/Fullbacks (2012)
Graduate Assistant (2010-11)
2008-2009 Chelsea H.S. (Defensive Line)


2014 Bocal 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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