It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
Joe Tripodi returns for his fifth season as a member of the Northern Illinois University coaching staff and is in his second season as offensive line coach.
Tripodi spent the first 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 prolific offenses in NIU history. The Huskie offense set three MAC and nine school records in 2013, including yards rushing, yards per game and points scored. 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 two seasons. Tripodi has coached 2012 and 2013 All-MAC offensive tackle Tyler Loos.
Tripodi came to NIU from his hometown of Chelsea, Mich. where he served as defensive line coach 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 the two have a daughter, Emma.