Special Teams Graduate Assistant
Defensive Graduate Assistant
Former USC and NFL linebacker Sam Anno is in his second year on the Trojan staff as a special teams and defensive graduate assistant. He joined the staff in February of 2005.
In 2005, placekicker Mario Danelo set NCAA records for PATs and PAT attempts.
USC played in the 2006 Rose Bowl (BCS Championship Game).
Anno, 41, spent 2004 as an assistant coach at Venice (Calif.) High. He also was an assistant for 4 seasons (1996-99) at St. Monica High in Santa Monica (Calif.) and was the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Santa Monica High, for 2 seasons (2000-01). During that time, he also was a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
He was a linebacker and a highly-recognized long snapper and special teams player in the NFL for 7 years (1987-93), with the Los Angeles Rams (1987), Minnesota Vikings (1987-88, when USC head coach Pete Carroll was an assistant there), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1989-92) and San Diego Chargers (1993). He was the NFL's Special Teams Player of the Year in 1989.
He was involved in various business and entertainment ventures following his NFL career. He was a 4-year (1983-86) letterman linebacker at USC. He posted 127 tackles while starting as a 1985 junior and added 51 stops while the first half of his 1986 senior year before being sidelined with a knee injury. His Trojan teams played in the 1985 Rose Bowl (beating Ohio State and finishing 10th in the final AP poll), 1985 Aloha Bowl and 1987 Citrus Bowl.
He received his bachelor's degree in communication from USC in 1987.
He prepped at Santa Monica High.
He was born Jan. 26, 1965. He is single. He is part Japanese, American Indian, Scottish and Irish.