Pamalee as a Dolphins assistant coach in 2003
|Position:||Special teams coordinator|
|Born:||September 16, 1967|
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||201 lb (91 kg)|
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
|Career highlights and awards|
Bernard Parmalee (born September 16, 1967) is an American football coach and former running back who is the special teams coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.
Parmalee played running back for the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets from 1992 to 2000. Parmalee's professional opportunity came when he tried out for the Miami Dolphins after working for UPS. He played seven seasons with the Dolphins (1992–98) in 104 games, scoring fifteen rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns while rushing for 1,959 yards and amassing 1,306 receiving yards. In 1999, he went to the Jets and played two seasons in 30 games with two rushing touchdowns, 220 rushing yards, and 179 receiving yards.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Parmalee coached both special teams and tight ends for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2005 to 2009. Irish tight ends did well under Parmalee's tutelage having produced multiple John Mackey Award finalists during his tenure (Anthony Fasano and John Carlson).
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs announced him as their Tight Ends coach on February 1, 2010.
He was hired by the Raiders as their new running backs coach on January 25, 2015. In Parmalee's first season in Oakland, Latavius Murray made the Pro Bowl, running for 1066 yards — the team’s first 1000-yard rusher in five years. In Parmalee’s second season in Oakland, the Raiders had the league’s 6th ranked rushing attack. As Jon Gruden took over as head coach of the Raiders after the 2017 season, Parmalee was ousted with most of the Raiders coaching staff.
In 2018, Parmalee was hired to be the running backs coach for the Falcons. He coached Ito Smith in his first season where he tallied four running touchdowns, the most rushing touchdowns by a Falcons rookie since 2002. After working as an offensive assistant and assistant special teams coach to start the 2019 season, he returned to being the running backs coach on November 4.
On October 12, 2020, Parmalee was shifted from running backs coach to special teams coordinator, as part of a midseason shakeup of the coaching staff.
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