Sam Anno
Defensive Assistant
10th season in NFL (7 as a player)

3rd season with Raiders

Sam Anno enters his third season with the Oakland Raiders as defensive assistant. He joined the NFL coaching ranks in the same capacity for the Silver and Black in 2015 after spending the prior six seasons at the University of San Diego as an assistant head coach/linebackers and special teams.

                In his second year with the Raiders, Anno contributed to a defense that produced two Pro Bowlers in DE Khalil Mack and newcomer S Reggie Nelson. Mack became the first Raider to record back-to-back double-digit sack seasons since 2005-06, while Nelson added a team-high and NFL-leading seven takeaways amongst all safeties. Mack also tied an NFL record by recording a sack in eight consecutive weeks, three of which were consecutive sack-fumble games. His stellar play once again earned him an All-Pro selection, the second of his career, en route to becoming the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

                In addition, Anno helped lead a team that forced an AFC-best 20 forced fumbles, led by free agent acquisition LB Bruce Irvin and his league-leading six forced fumbles. The defense also finished second in the NFL with 30 takeaways in 2016. The unit strengthened as the season progressed, ranking 11th in the NFL in total yards allowed from Week 7 to the regular season’s conclusion.

                During his first year in Oakland, Anno helped the defense produce two Pro Bowlers in veteran S Charles Woodson and Mack. Anno assisted Mack in recording one of the most prolific defensive seasons in franchise history. Mack finished the year with a career high 15 sacks, which ranked second in the league and third in franchise history. Under Anno’s guidance, Mack became the first person in NFL history to be named a first-team All-Pro at two positions, defensive end and linebacker. Anno helped guide a defense that ranked seventh in the NFL from Weeks 11-17 in total defense. He also saw the Raiders significantly increase their sack total from the previous season, as they improved from 22 to 38 in 2015.

                Anno served as the special teams coordinator along with coaching linebackers and the defensive line unit from 2009-2014 with the Toreros. San Diego closed out the 2014 season with a 9-3 record and their first trip to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs, falling to Montana in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. In the 2013 season, senior DE Steve Gargiulo was tabbed first-team All-Pioneer Football League, while fellow DE Blake Oliaro closed out his career with 30 sacks. Following the 2011 campaign, Oliaro was tabbed the PFL Defender of the Year and an All-American, and senior DE Mario Kurn signed a free agent contract with the Raiders.

                Prior to coaching at San Diego, Anno coached linebackers and special teams at Central Connecticut State in 2008, where the team went 7-4 overall and tied for third in the Northeast Conference standings with a 4-3 mark.

                Anno began coaching collegiately at USC, spending three years at his alma mater serving as a video assistant in 2007 and a defensive and special teams graduate assistant in 2005 and 2006.

                Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Anno coached at Venice (Calif.) High School as an assistant in 2004. He served as the defensive coordinator at Santa Monica (Calif.) High School from 2000-01 after spending four seasons as an assistant there.


PERSONAL: Native of Santa Monica, Calif. …Played seven years in the NFL as a linebacker and long snapper with the Los Angeles Rams (1987), Minnesota Vikings (1987-88), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1989-91) and San Diego Chargers (1992-93)…Received NFL Special Teams Player of the Year honors in 1989…Played in the same linebacking corps as Head Coach Jack Del Rio at USC, totaling 127 tackles as a junior and 51 stops as a senior before a knee injury ended his season…Helped the Trojans win the 1985 Rose Bowl and earn bids to the 1985 Aloha Bowl and 1987 Gator Bowl…Received a bachelor’s degree in communications…Anno and fiancée, Kate, welcomed daughter Jaclyn in February 2016.

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