Joe Tripodi
Joe Tripodi

Assistant Coach/Offensive Line

5th Season at NIU

Alma Mater, Year:
Northwestern, 2006


Huskie Bowl Press Conference Quotes - April 16, 2014

Carey, Sigler, Tripodi, and several players discuss this weekend's Huskie Bowl


Rosters Set for 2014 Huskie Bowl

Game set for April 19 at 3 p.m.


NIU Huskie Football 2014 - Spring Practice Notes

Practice No. 8


2013 Huskie Bowl

Postgame Quotes


Black Defeats Cardinal 31-7 in First Huskie Bowl

Defenses Force Six Turnovers; Young Players Shine


Weekly Football Press Conference: Eastern Michigan

Week 9 football press conference with Head coach Rod Carey and players Perez Ford, Matt Krempel and Dechane Durante.


Northern Illinois Dominate Purdue, 55-24

Highlights from the Huskies historic 55-24 win over the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.


NIU defeats Iowa, 30-27

NIU rallied for a 30-27 victory over Iowa Saturday.


Huskies Fall to Seminoles

Highlights from the Huskies historic game


NIU players visit children at the hospital

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.


2010- Northern Illinois
Offensive Line (2013-)
Tight Ends/Fullbacks (2012)
Graduate Assistant (2010-11)
2008-2009 Chelsea H.S. (Defensive Line)


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 (1)