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John Anselmo
Special Teams Assistant

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John Anselmo enters his second season as the team’s special teams assistant. Anselmo plays a pivotal role in guiding the special teams’ coverage units.

John Anselmo enters his second season as the team’s special teams assistant. Anselmo plays a pivotal role in guiding the special teams’ coverage units. He helped Bills key special teamer Marcus Easley lead the NFL with 23 special teams tackles – the highest total by a Bill since 2009.The Bills forced 19 of their opponents’ drives to begin inside the 20-yard line after kickoffs – the third highest total in the NFL.

Before coming to Buffalo, Anselmo spent the previous four years at Syracuse under head coach Doug Marrone.From 2009-10, Anselmo coached the Orange secondary before being elevated to assistant head coach for the 2011-12 seasons.In 2011, Anselmo coached the linebackers and special teams and the secondary and special teams units in 2012.

In 2011, Anselmo helped guide LB Dyshawn Davis to ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and LB Marquis Spruill to All-BIG EAST second-team accolades

Anselmo had two head coaching stints at Nassau Community College that spanned 18 years (1987-94 and 1999-2008).

His career record of 152-37 (.804) was the best among active junior college coaches.

In his 18 years as the school’s head coach, led the program to 12 Junior College Bowl appearances

Was also a professor in the Department of Health at Nassau Community College

In between his head coaching position at Nassau Community College, Anselmo was the Georgia Tech secondary coach from 1995-98.The Yellow Jackets won the 1997 Carquest Bowl.

Anselmo began his coaching career in 1977 at Nassau Community College as the school’s defensive coordinator before being elevated to head coach in 1987.

Anselmo was a three-sport standout in football, wrestling and baseball at Cortland State… earned a bachelor of science degree from SUNY Cortland in 1971 and a master of science from Syracuse in 1972… he and his wife, Carol, have three children, Allison, Tracy and Peter, and six grandchildren...Anselmo was a SUNY Cortland C-Club 2010 Hall of Fame inductee.

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