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Dave Fipp
Assistant Special Teams
College:
Arizona
Experience:
5
Dave Fipp enters his second season with the Dolphins after being named assistant special teams coach on January 26, 2011.
Dave Fipp enters his second season with the Dolphins after being named assistant special teams coach on January 26, 2011. 
The special teams units, headed by kicker Dan Carpenter and punter Brandon Fields, showed the biggest improvement in the NFL from 2010 to 2011, according to the annual      special teams report compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. The improvement saw the Dolphins jump from a 2010 ranking of 24th in the NFL to second in 2011, finishing just behind the special teams units of the San Francisco 49ers. The 22-place advancement was aided by Carpenter’s 13 of 16 in field goals from 40 yards and beyond and Fields’ net punting average of 41.1 yards. The annual analysis compiled by Gosselin is widely thought of as the most accurate assessment of the NFL’s special teams as it judges 22 elements of the kicking game and ranks them from 1 to 32, with the lowest scoring unit accounting for the best score. In 2011, the Dolphins ranked in the top 10 in 14 of those categories.
Fipp joined Miami after spending three seasons (2008-10) with the San Francisco 49ers as their assistant special teams coach. He played a substantial role in taking the 49ers special teams unit to new heights. In 2009, punter Andy Lee earned his second Pro Bowl selection after ranking second in the NFL in gross punting average (47.6) and net punting average (41.0). Known as a special teams ace, running back Michael Robinson was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a specialist for his work in all phases of special teams, marking the second       consecutive season he had earned the recognition. 
Prior to joining the 49ers, Fipp worked with the San Jose State Spartans for three seasons. He served as defensive coordinator during his final year and previously held the title of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the Spartans.
Fipp joined the Spartan staff after spending the 2004 season at the University of Nevada as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He also served as the defensive               coordinator at Cal Poly from 2002-03 after starting out as the Mustangs’ defensive backs coach in 2001.
Prior to the 2000 season, Fipp returned to his alma mater, the University of Arizona, as a graduate assistant and coached the safeties. Fipp began his coaching career at College of the Holy Cross as a secondary coach and special teams coordinator in 1998.  
A 1997 graduate from the University of Arizona, Fipp played for the Wildcats from 1994 to 1997. He led Arizona’s special teams unit in tackles as a sophomore in 1995 and was the Wildcats’ starting free safety in 1996 and 1997. The 1997 Wildcats were among the top     defensive units in the Pac-10 Conference and ranked 12th nationally in rushing defense. 
He and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters, Ashlee and Lilly, and a son, Tyler.
Dave Fipp enters his second season with the Dolphins after being named assistant special teams coach on January 26, 2011. 
The special teams units, headed by kicker Dan Carpenter and punter Brandon Fields, showed the biggest improvement in the NFL from 2010 to 2011, according to the annual special teams report compiled by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. The improvement saw the Dolphins jump from a 2010 ranking of 24th in the NFL to second in 2011, finishing just behind the special teams units of the San Francisco 49ers. The 22-place advancement was aided by Carpenter’s 13 of 16 in field goals from 40 yards and beyond and Fields’ net punting average of 41.1 yards. The annual analysis compiled by Gosselin is widely thought of as the most accurate assessment of the NFL’s special teams as it judges 22 elements of the kicking game and ranks them from 1 to 32, with the lowest scoring unit accounting for the best score. In 2011, the Dolphins ranked in the top 10 in 14 of those categories.
Fipp joined Miami after spending three seasons (2008-10) with the San Francisco 49ers as their assistant special teams coach. He played a substantial role in taking the 49ers special teams unit to new heights. In 2009, punter Andy Lee earned his second Pro Bowl selection after ranking second in the NFL in gross punting average (47.6) and net punting average (41.0). Known as a special teams ace, running back Michael Robinson was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a specialist for his work in all phases of special teams, marking the second consecutive season he had earned the recognition. 
Prior to joining the 49ers, Fipp worked with the San Jose State Spartans for three seasons. He served as defensive coordinator during his final year and previously held the title of co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach for the Spartans.
Fipp joined the Spartan staff after spending the 2004 season at the University of Nevada as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Cal Poly from 2002-03 after starting out as the Mustangs’ defensive backs coach in 2001.
Prior to the 2000 season, Fipp returned to his alma mater, the University of Arizona, as a graduate assistant and coached the safeties. Fipp began his coaching career at College of the Holy Cross as a secondary coach and special teams coordinator in 1998.  
A 1997 graduate from the University of Arizona, Fipp played for the Wildcats from 1994 to 1997. He led Arizona’s special teams unit in tackles as a sophomore in 1995 and was the Wildcats’ starting free safety in 1996 and 1997. The 1997 Wildcats were among the top defensive units in the Pac-10 Conference and ranked 12th nationally in rushing defense. 
He and his wife, Jenny, have two daughters, Ashlee and Lilly, and a son, Tyler.

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