Jim Miceli
Jim Miceli
Phone: 401-874-5217
Email: james_miceli@uri.edu
Position: Running Backs/Specialists
Experience: 6th year
Education: Southern Connecticut State '79

Recruiting Areas

  • Northern North Jersey - Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Hudson
  • Connecticut - Fairfield County
  • New York - Bronx, Long Island, Queens

Jim Miceli joined the Rhode Island staff in January of 2014 as the quarterback coach and recruiting coordinator. He shifted to running backs coach before the start of spring camp in 2016 and and also oversees the development of the team's specialists. He enters his sixth season at Rhode Island in 2018.

In 2018, Miceli coached returner Ahmere Dorsey, who earned CAA Football Second Team All-Conference honors and became the first player in program history to top 1,000 combined return yards on special teams. Dorsey led the nation in 2018 in combined special teams yards with 1,085, and earned both STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week and CAA Football Special Teams Player of the week honors for the week of Oct. 1, 2018. He was second in CAA Football and ninth in the country with 28.4 yards per kick return.

Under Miceli's watch, running back Harold Cooper earned CAA Football Second-Team All-Conference recognition in 2017 as he ranked third in the league in all-purpose yards with 121.4 yards per game. Cooper finished his career with 2,141 rushing yards, becoming just the ninth player in program history to reach the 2,000-yard mark.  

With 32 seasons in college coaching, Miceli has the most experience of the coaches on the Rhode Island staff. A familiar name in the state of Rhode Island, Miceli was the first head coach in program history at Bryant. In his first season there, the Bulldogs posted a winning season and played for the league championship.

In 2013, Miceli was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the Gilman School in Baltimore, where the offense averaged 28.6 points per game. While coaching, he also oversaw the launch of SigningDay.com, a recruiting site that counts the NFL Players Association and the National Football Academies among its official partners. Miceli was the Northeast Analyst for the site, completing in-person and film evaluation for players in the region.

Miceli coached at Akron, where he was the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator while also coaching the running backs and kickers from 2010-12. 

A veteran of six college bowl games, Miceli has seen 24 of his former players go on to the NFL, including Pro Football Hall of Famers Russ Grimm and Dan Marino. Among the others he coached are All-Pro/Pro Bowl players Ruben Brown, Curtis Martin, Jermaine Lewis, Chris Coleman, Bill Fralic, Bill Maas and Jim Covert. Mark May went on to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Miceli’s other college coaching stops include Georgetown, Fordham, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Ramapo College. While at Maryland, he was named one of the top 10 recruiting coordinators in the country.

A 1979 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, Miceli earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, recreation and general science.

updated: 6/4/19