Entering his 23rd year in the coaching profession and his sixth in the NFL, Brian Angelichio begins his second year with the Packers in 2017 as the team’s tight ends coach. He was named to his position by Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Feb. 17, 2016, after spending the previous two seasons coaching tight ends with the Cleveland Browns (2014-15).
In his first season with the Packers, Angelichio (an-juh-LEEK-o) guided a group that helped the team finish No. 4 in the NFL in points per game (27.0). After missing six games due to an ankle injury, free agent Jared Cook returned in Week 11 and recorded 24 receptions for 324 yards (13.5 avg.) and a TD in the final six regular-season games, with 17 of those catches going for first downs. His receiving-yardage total in Weeks 11-17 ranked No. 8 among NFL tight ends and his four catches of 25-plus yards were tied for No. 3 over that span. In the playoffs, Cook was tied for the team lead with 18 receptions for 229 yards (12.7 avg.) and two TDs. His reception and receiving-yardage totals were the best by a Green Bay TE in a single postseason, topping the previous highs posted by TE Keith Jackson in 1995 (12 catches for 223 yards).
In 2015, Angelichio helped develop veteran Gary Barnidge, who had registered 44 catches for 603 yards (13.7 avg.) and three touchdowns in his first seven seasons in the league. Under Angelichio’s direction in 2015, Barnidge posted career highs in every category, hauling in 79 catches for 1,043 yards (13.2 avg.) and nine TDs. Barnidge tied Ozzie Newsome (1979) for the most TD catches by a TE in Browns history, and his yardage total ranked No. 2 by a TE in team annals behind only Kellen Winslow (1,106 in 2007). Among NFL tight ends, Barnidge ranked third in the league in 2015 in receptions and yards per catch, and fourth in yards and TD catches on his way to becoming just the fifth TE in franchise history to be selected to the Pro Bowl.
Under Angelichio’s guidance in 2014, Cleveland’s tight-end group combined for 54 receptions for 822 yards (15.2 avg.) and three TDs, and helped open up the run game as the Browns finished fourth in the NFL in rushing TDs with 17. Jordan Cameron led all NFL tight ends with an average of 17.7 yards per reception (min. 20 rec.) and recorded the longest play by an NFL tight end since 2009, posting an 81-yard TD catch at Carolina on Dec. 21.
Angelichio began his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent two seasons (2012-13) coaching tight ends. In 2013, he tutored Tim Wright, who set franchise rookie records for the most receptions (54), receiving yards (571) and receiving TDs (five) by a tight end. His yardage total was tied for the most by an undrafted rookie tight end in NFL history.
Prior to Tampa Bay, Angelichio coached the tight ends at Rutgers (2011), where he tutored D.C. Jefferson, who was selected by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft and appeared in four games for the Cardinals that season.
Angelichio spent five seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, serving as offensive assistant/tight ends coach for one season (2006) and tight ends coach for four seasons (2007-10). He coached future NFL draft choices Dorin Dickerson (Texans, seventh round, 2010), a first-team All-American and John Mackey Award finalist, and Nate Byham (49ers, sixth round, 2010), as well as Darrell Strong, who went on to play for the Oakland Raiders. Angelichio also served as the offensive coordinator during the Panthers’ 27-10 victory in the 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky.
Angelichio started his coaching career in 1995 as the secondary coach at SUNY-Brockport and then spent 10 seasons at Ithaca College, where he coached linebackers (1996-97), receivers (1998) and the offensive line (1999) before serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach (2000-05). While with the Bombers, Angelichio tutored seven All-Americans, helping the team advance to the postseason in seven of his 10 years. While in charge of the offense, he led a unit that set or tied 30 team or individual records over his final five seasons.
Angelichio was a three-year starter at outside linebacker (1992-95) at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He was also team captain and a four-year starter on the baseball team. He received a master’s degree from Ithaca College.
Born December 27, 1972, in Ilion, N.Y., Angelichio attended Ilion High School, where he lettered all four years in baseball and three years each in basketball and football. As a quarterback and safety, he was part of a team that went undefeated and ranked third in the state as a senior.
Angelichio is single and lives in Green Bay.