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John Bonamego (born August 14, 1963 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvaniamarker) is an American football special teams coordinator for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He has two decades of college and pro coaching experience. He played college football at Central Michigan.

Bonamego has also coached for Maine, Lehigh and Army at the college level. He has been an assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints in the NFL.

Early years

Bonamego graduated from Paw Paw High School in Paw Paw, Michiganmarker.

Playing career

Bonamego played wide receiver and quarterback at the Central Michigan University. He earned his degree in health and fitness in 1987.

Coaching career


In 1987, Bonamego coached at Mount Pleasant High School in Michigan and was a player-coach in Europe with the Veronamarker Redskins.


Bonamego served as a college assistant for 11 years, coaching for Maine from 1988 to 1991, Lehigh in 1992 and Army from 1993 to 1998.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Bonamego first joined the NFL in 1999 as an assistant special teams coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He held the position for three seasons before serving his final year with the team as special teams coordinator in 2002. That season, the Jaguars blocked four kicks and were second in the league in kickoff coverage. Punter Chris Hanson was also selected to Pro Bowl.

Green Bay Packers

In 2003, Bonamego joined the Green Bay Packers as a the head special teams coach and served in that capacity for three seasons under Mike Sherman.

New Orleans Saints

In 2006, Bonamego was hired by Sean Payton as special teams coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and held the job for two seasons.

Miami Dolphins

After two seasons in New Orleans, replaced special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong for the Miami Dolphins and first-year head coach Tony Sparano. Bonamego and Sparano had previously coached together with the Jaguars from in 2002 when Sparano was tight ends coach.


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