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Paul Gonnella
Paul Gonnella

Position:
Director of Player Personnel

Experience:
First Year



University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban added Paul Gonnella as Alabama's director of player personnel in the spring of 2012.

Gonnella spent the 2011 season in the same role at Purdue and took over for Ed Marynowitz, who accepted a position with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gonnella's main charge is to direct the recruiting efforts for the Crimson Tide. He also assists with camps, clinics and other football-related events.

Gonnella's responsibilities include assisting with the administration and operation of the football program.

Prior to serving as the director of player personnel at Purdue, Gonnella held that title in 2010 at the University of Memphis. He also has spent time at Miami, Tennessee and North Carolina in similar roles and capacities.

During his time with the Boilermakers, Gonnella helped secure 27 signatures in a 2012 signing class that ranked 32nd nationally by Rivals.com.

As the director of player personnel at Memphis in the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011, the Tigers signed a class that included 17 three-star players. The class was ranked more than 40 spots higher than the class before he arrived at Memphis.

Gonnella split the 2009-10 season between the University of Tennessee and the University of Miami. He arrived in Knoxville in January of 2010 and helped the Volunteers move up 22 spots in the recruiting rankings to finish with the No. 10 class nationally. Norht Carolina landed the No. 9 recruiting class in the nation in 2009.

Gonnella served as the head coach at Cambridge Rindge Latin from 2005-07. He guided the team to an 18-15 record in three seasons, including a 14-8 mark over his final two campaigns.

A native of Wakefield, Mass., Gonnella began his career as a coach and worked at high schools in both Massachusetts and Georgia. He was an assistant coach at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga., where he helped tutor the likes of the Buffalo Bills Tashard Choice and the Pittsburgh Steelers Chris Scott. Gonnella also served as an assistant at Somerville (Mass.) High School. He worked as a defensive graduate assistant and in quality control at Mississippi State.