Football Coaching Staff
Jim Sweeney
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach
Alma Mater: University of Pittsburgh
Graduating Year: 1984
Phone: (518) 442-3052

Jim Sweeney, a 16-season veteran of the NFL, enters his sixth season as UAlbany's offensive line coach in 2019.

In 2016, Sweeney's offensive line blocked for All-American Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks with UAlbany gaining 167.2 yards per game on the ground, helping the Great Danes to a 7-4 record, including the running game earning 295 yards in a 36-25 comeback victory at New Hampshire.  Kevin Malloy, the left tackle, earned his third-consecutive place on the All-CAA team.

Under Sweeney's direction, left tackle Kevin Malloy earned consecutive third-team All-CAA honors in 2014 and 2015. In addition, the offensive line protected quarterback Will Fiacchi in 2014, allowing him to break the program's single-season passing record (2,636 yards) and career passing record (7,150 yards).

Sweeney was a four-year standout on the offensive line at Pitt (1980-84) where he earned a B.S. in sociology and administrative justice. A second round pick in the 1984 draft, Sweeney was named to the All-NFL Rookie Team after his first season with the New York Jets. Playing 11 seasons with the Jets with 158 consecutive starts, Sweeney was named to the All-Time Four Decades Team and is still referenced as one of the most consistent centers in franchise history. Sweeney also played one season with the Seattle Seahawks and closed his career with four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

From 2000 to 2002, Sweeney was a member of Gattuso's staff at Duquesne where he coached the offensive line that helped produce two 1,000-yard running backs in a pass-oriented offense. Sweeney then went on to coach eight seasons at the high school level in Pennsylvania.

In the summer of 2010, Sweeney served at the offensive line stand-in coach for Russ Grimm and the Arizona Cardinals before participating in the NFLP/NCAA Coaching Internship Program at Frostburg State University in 2011. Sweeney came to UAlbany after spending 2013 as an offensive line consultant for the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League.