Joe Coniglio
Joe Coniglio
Phone: 401-874-5652
Position: Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
Experience: 5th Year
Education: Miami (Ohio) '09

Recruiting Areas

  • Central New Jersey - Warren, Somerset, Middlesex, Union, Sussex, Huntington, Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer
  • New York Buroughs - Staten Island, Brooklyn
  • Secondary - Georgia

Joe Coniglio joined the Rhode Island staff in January 2013 as the defensive line coach and enters his fifth season with the program in 2018. Following the 2015 season, he was promoted to recruiting coordinator in addition to his role at the the defensive line coach. In 2017, he added the title of special teams coordinator, overseeing all aspects of special teams, with a focus on the kickoff and punt coverage units.

Coniglio's defensive line was a key reason the Rams set a program record with 32 sacks in 2017. Sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ginnetti earned CAA Football Third-Team All-Conference honors after leading the team and ranking fifth in the conference with 7.0 sacks. In all, the defensive linemen accounted for 30 of Rhody's 32 sacks. 

2016 marked the second consecutive season one of Coniglio’s players earned all-conference honors. Junior defensive end Jose Duncan was a CAA Football Third Team All-Conference selection. Conglio’s linemen helped the defense record 16 sacks, a significant increase from the nine sacks the team had in 2015.

Coniglio's coaching helped redshirt sophomore Mike Ezirike emerge as one of the top interior linemen in CAA Football. Ezirike started every game and earned third-team all-conference honors for his play.

In 2014, Conigilio coached fifth-year senior Mike Rinaldi to his best season. Rinaldi started all 12 games at defensive tackle and was one of the CAA Football's finalists for the Chuck Boone Leadership Award.

Coniglio came Rhode Island from Nothern Michigan, where he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the defensive line coach and run game coordinator. He worked closely with the defensive coordinator to develop the team’s defensive schemes and defensive run game strategies.

In 2013, Northern Michigan held seven of its 10 opponents below their average yards per rush. After taking over a young defensive front that produced seven sacks in 2012, Coniglio’s defense improved to 19 sacks in 2013. Among his players at Northern Michigan was 2012 First-Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pick Zach Anderson, who plays for Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League.

Coniglio is very familiar with Rhode Island head coach Jim Fleming, as they spent time together at Kent State. Coniglio was the team’s defensive graduate assistant and video coordinator in 2010, when Fleming coached the linebackers. Coniglio spent three seasons (2009-11) as a graduate assistant at Kent State, coaching on the defensive side of the ball in 2011. He was a defensive quality control coach and video coordinator in 2010 and a student defensive assistant in 2009.

While at Kent State, Coniglio helped develop First-Team All-Mid-American Conference selection Roosevelt Nix, as well as NFL signees Monte’ Simmons and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen. In 2011, Kent State’s defense led the conference in total defense, tackles for loss and turnovers gained. The Golden Flashes ranked in the top 21 nationally in all three categories that season.

As a player at Miami (Ohio) University, Coniglio was a standout defensive end, tallying 19.5 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in his career (2005-08). He earned third-team All-Mid American Conference accolades his final two seasons

Coniglio graduated from Miami in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sport studies, and earned a master's degree in sports management from Kent State.

He and his wife Jessa have one son, Joseph.

updated: 5/4/18