Anthony Campanile (pronounced CAMP-uh-neel-ee) joined the Miami Dolphins as linebackers coach in 2020.
Campanile has experience coaching multiple position groups on both sides of the ball and served as co- defensive coordinator for Boston College in 2018.
In 2021, Campanile worked with a diverse group of linebackers that were very active rushing the passer. The Dolphins finished with 48.0 sacks, one shy of the team record (1983 and 2005). His linebackers tallied 19.5 of those sacks and two of Miami's top three leaders in sacks (Jaelan Phillips and Jerome Baker) were linebackers. Phillips set a Dolphins rookie record with 8.5 sacks. Baker once again led the team in tackles with 92 and became the first Dolphins player since at least 2000 to total 400-plus tackles in his first four NFL seasons.
In his first NFL season in 2020, Campanile helped the Dolphins finish sixth in the league in points allowed per game (21.1). Miami led the NFL in takeaways (29) and third-down defense (31.2 pct.) en route to winning 10 games for the first time since 2016. For the first time in team history, the Dolphins had three linebackers record at least 5.0 sacks in a season – Baker had 7.0, Kyle Van Noy had 6.0 and Andrew Van Ginkel had 5.5. Baker led the team with 111 tackles (69 solo), his second-straight season with at least 100 stops.
In 2019, Campanile served as the linebackers coach at Michigan. He helped mentor Khaleke Hudson and Josh Uche, both of whom earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in their careers. Hudson led the team with 101 tackles (45 solo), which ranked fifth in the Big Ten, and was a fifth-round pick by Washington in the 2020 NFL Draft. Uche led the team with 8.5 sacks, which were ninth in the Big Ten, and was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft by New England.
Campanile spent three seasons (2016-18) at Boston College, where he coached defensive backs (2016- 17) and added co-defensive coordinator responsibilities in his final season there (2018). He helped six of his defensive backs earn All-ACC honors and four of his defensive backs were selected in the NFL Draft.
In 2018, the Eagles were 11th nationally with 26 takeaways. Their 18 interceptions tied for the ACC lead and were fifth in FBS. Defensive back Hamp Cheevers earned first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors after tying for the FBS lead with seven interceptions that season.
Boston College's 2017 secondary ranked third nationally in pass efficiency defense (101.8) and 12th nationally with 18 interceptions. Defensive back Lukas Denis earned second-team All-ACC and second-team All-America honors after recording seven interceptions, tied for the second-best mark in FBS. Campanile was named National Defensive Backs Coach of the Year for his efforts that season.
In Campanile's first season at Boston College in 2016, he oversaw a defensive backs unit that helped the Eagles defense rank ninth nationally (314.2 yards allowed per game). The unit was fourth in the ACC in passing defense (205.6 passing yards allowed per game).
Prior to that, Campanile spent four seasons (2012-15) coaching both sides of the ball at his alma mater, Rutgers. He was a defensive assistant in 2012 before moving to the offensive side of the ball in 2013, coaching tight ends (2013-14) and wide receivers (2015).
In 2015, Campanile tutored wide receiver Leonte Carroo, who led the Big Ten and tied for 14th nationally with 10 receiving touchdowns. Carroo earned third-team All-Big Ten honors and was selected in the third round (86th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft by Miami.
As tight ends coach at Rutgers from 2013-14, Campanile helped develop Tyler Kroft, who was selected in the third round (85th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Kroft earned honorable mention All-America honors and was named first-team All-AAC in 2013.
Campanile began his coaching career as a student assistant at Rutgers in 2005. He spent six years as a high school coach in New Jersey, beginning as an assistant at his alma mater, Fair Lawn High School, in 2006, and then five years (2007-11) at Don Bosco Prep. While there, Campanile coached linebackers (2007-09) and served as offensive coordinator (2010-11). His teams won state titles in both of his seasons as offensive coordinator and earned a No. 1 national ranking in 2011.
Campanile played safety and linebacker at Rutgers from 2001-04, graduating with a degree in history. He and his wife, Tracey, have two daughters, Valentina and Serafina, and one son, Anthony.