J. Ira and Nick Harris Family Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh announced Friday (Jan. 11) the hiring of Anthony Campanile as a defensive assistant coach for the University of Michigan football program. Campanile brings to Ann Arbor seven years of collegiate coaching experience at Rutgers and Boston College and six years of high school coaching experience in New Jersey.
“Anthony has a strong reputation for developing all-conference performers and future NFL players,” said Harbaugh. “Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from his mentorship. Anthony is an excellent addition to our coaching staff and provides great flexibility with his experience working on both sides of the ball and at multiple positions. Michigan football looks forward to having Anthony, Tracey, and their children, Valentina and Serafina, join our University family.”
Campanile spent three seasons in Chestnut Hill, mentoring the defensive backs during his entire tenure while adding the co-defensive coordinator title during the 2018 season. The Eagles defense finished 11th nationally in turnovers forced with 26 in 2018, while also listing highly in interceptions (fifth), sacks (26th), pass efficiency (30th) and tackles for loss (42nd). His defense tied for the ACC lead with 18 interceptions, led by All-American and All-ACC first-team performer Hamp Cheevers, who tied for the NCAA lead with seven picks. The Eagles defense had six players earn All-ACC honors.
Campanile mentored one of the nation’s best defensive backfields in 2017, listing third nationally in pass efficiency defense and 12th nationally with 18 interceptions. Lukas Denis tied for second in the NCAA with seven picks and earned Walter Camp Football Foundation second-team All-America honors and second-team All-ACC accolades. That secondary also had two players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft: Isaac Yiadom (third round, Denver) and Kamrin Moore (sixth round, New Orleans). The group’s performance earned Campanile the National Defensive Backs Coach of the Year by both 247Sports.com and FootballScoop.com.
In his first season at Boston College, the secondary helped the Eagles finish 34th nationally and fourth in the ACC allowing 205.6 passing yards allowed per contest. BC listed ninth in the NCAA in total defense and ranked in the top 20 of seven different defensive categories. Campanile helped develop John Johnson into a third-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Prior to joining the BC staff, Campanile spent four seasons at Rutgers University, including his final three seasons working on the offensive side of the ball, after starting as a defensive assistant during the 2012 season. He coached the wide receivers during the 2015 season after tutoring the tight ends during the 2013-14 seasons. Campanile helped receiver Leonte Carroo earn All-Big Ten honors after leading the conference and finishing 14th nationally with 10 receiving touchdowns. The previous two seasons he helped tight end Tyler Kroft gain honorable mention All-American and first-team All-AAC accolades. Kroft was a third-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals (2015) and Carroo was a third-round selection by the Miami Dolphins (2016).
Campanile began his coaching career as a student assistant coach for the Scarlet Knights during the 2005 season. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers in 2007. He was an assistant coach at Fair Lawn High School in 2006 before moving on to work with the linebackers at Don Bosco Prep in 2007-09 and then served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2010-11.
Campanile and his wife, Tracey, have one son, Valentina, and one daughter, Serafina.
About Coach Campanile
Hometown: Fair Lawn, New Jersey
High School: Fair Lawn
College: Rutgers (2007)
Children: Valentina, Serafina
Boston College: 2016 Quick Lane Bowl, 2017 Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers: 2005 Insight Bowl, 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl, 2013 Pinstripe Bowl, 2014 Quick Lane Bowl
Anthony Campanile’s Coaching Experience
Year Team Position
2005 Rutgers Student Assistant Coach
2006 Fair Lawn High School Assistant
2007-09 Don Bosco Prep Linebackers
2010-11 Don Bosco Prep Offensive Coordinator
2012 Rutgers Defensive Assistant
2013-14 Rutgers Tight Ends
2015 Rutgers Wide Receivers
2016-17 Boston College Defensive Backs
2018 Boston College Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs