John Misciagna
John Misciagna

Tight Ends/Quality Control

Dickinson '76

When Bobby Ross accepted the head coaching job at West Point, he didn't need long to decide upon adding John Misciagna to his first Army coaching contingent.

For the second straight season, Misciagna, 50, will direct the Black Knights' tight ends and oversee the program's quality control this fall, closely monitoring opponent and internal scouting, among other things. He has been a large part of Ross' coaching staffs throughout a 30-year tenure that has spanned both the collegiate and professional levels.

Prior to his arrival at the Academy a year ago, Misciagna was on the staff of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints, serving as an offensive assistant while overseeing the club's quality control. Before joining the Saints, he was hired by Ross to fill similar roles with both the San Diego Chargers (1992-96) and the Detroit Lions (1997-2000).

Misciagna began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1976-77), where he worked with the offensive line. He then spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach for wide receivers and freshmen defensive backs (1977-79) at Columbia University. He moved on to the University of Maryland in 1979, serving as a graduate assistant working with UM's wide receivers.

When Ross took over as Maryland's head coach in 1982, Misciagna became the Terrapins' recruiting coordinator, a position he held until 1988. Misciagna then re-joined Ross at Georgia Tech in 1989 as director of recruiting and a volunteer assistant. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native served as Georgia Tech's director of football operations in 1991, and became the first assistant (quality control) Ross hired after taking over as head coach of the Chargers in 1992.

A 1976 graduate of Dickinson College, Misciagna earned all-conference honors at offensive guard and served as captain of both the football and track and field squads as a senior. He went on to earn a master's degree in English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

Misciagna is single and resides at West Point.

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