Joe Gilbert ’87, Hamilton’s first football player to earn first-team All-America honors, is the new offensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started the job in January, the latest move in a coaching career that has taken him back and forth between colleges and the NFL.
The best thing about his job with the Bucs is working with head coach Bruce Arians and “the type of players who are the best in the world,” as Gilbert puts it. It’s what he’s always aimed for. “I think that’s the one thing that’s always driven me — if you’re going to do something, do it at the highest level. And I’m having the opportunity to do that,” he says.
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His first coaching job out of Hamilton was a graduate assistantship at the University at Albany. Before Tampa, he coached six seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and last year at the University of Arizona, where his unit helped the Wildcats lead the Pac-12 in rushing.