Players and coach Rod Carey visit children at Baptist Children Hospital
Joe Tripodi returns for his fourth season as a member of the Northern Illinois coaching staff taking over as offensive line coach in 2013.
Tripodi spent the last three seasons as a graduate assistant on the NIU coaching staff, serving as tight ends and fullbacks coach during NIU's 2012 MAC Championship season. The longest tenured coach on staff, he spent his first two seasons at NIU working with the offensive line and served as the offensive line coach 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 prolific offenses in NIU history.
The 2010 Huskies hold the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season and yards per carry average. In 2011, NIU set the single season mark for passing yards. Last year, the Huskies surpassed the school record for points in a season. Tripodi came to NIU from his hometown of Chelsea, Mich. where he served as defensive line coach for Chelsea High School 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 is pursuing his graduate degree in adult and higher education at NIU. Tripodi is married to the former Rachel Munoz and the two have a daughter Emma.