The Milano Seamen (IFL - Italian top division) have signed former NFL coach Joe Avezzano as their new head coach.
Avezzano, who played at Florida State University in the mid 1960s, has enjoyed an outstanding coaching career both at the college and NFL level. With the Dallas Cowboys he helped the team win three Super Bowls (1993, 1994, 1996). He was honored by his coaching peers in 1990 when, as the special teams coach for the Cowboys, he was named Special Teams Coach of the Year.
Avezzano won his second NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year award in 1993 when his units helped the Cowboys finish as the only team in the NFL to rank in the Top 10 in the league in all four major kicking game categories.
In 1998, the Cowboys were one of only two teams in the NFL to be ranked in the top 12 in all four major kicking game categories, including leading the league in kickoff coverage (18.5), earning Avezzano his third Special Teams Coach of the Year award.
In 2003, Joe joined the Oakland Raiders and coached their special teams for three seasons.
He entered the coaching ranks in 1968 at his alma mater, Florida State University. He moved to Iowa State coaching there from 1969 to 1972. He was offensive line coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1973 to 1976, helping the 1976 Panthers to the national championship. From 1977 to 1979, he was the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.
He earned his first head coaching job at Oregon State University in 1980. Avezzano's next job was as offensive line coach at Texas A&M from 1985–1988, during which time the Aggies won three Southwest Conference titles and two Cotton Bowl Classics. He also served as offensive coordinator for Texas A&M in 1988.