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Bernie Parmalee
Tight Ends
Notre Dame


Bernie Parmalee enters his third season as Kansas City’s tight ends coach in 2012. He returned to the NFL coaching ranks in 2010 after spending five seasons at Notre Dame (2005-09).

Bernie Parmalee enters his third season as Kansas City’s tight ends coach in 2012. He returned to the NFL coaching ranks in 2010 after spending five seasons at Notre Dame (2005-09).

In his first season with the Chiefs, Parmalee was instrumental in the development of TE Tony Moeaki. The tight end caught 47 passes in 2010, the top mark by a rookie TE in Chiefs history. His 556 receiving yards trailed only TE Walter White (559) for the best total by a rookie TE in club annals.

Parmalee served as the tight ends coach his final three seasons with Notre Dame (2007-09). He tutored the tight ends in addition to assisting with the special teams during the 2005-06 campaigns.

During his tenure with the Fighting Irish, Parmalee was instrumental in the development of three of the top tight ends in school history. Notre Dame was the only school to have two tight ends selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft from 2006-09. A second-round selection (38th overall) of Seattle in 2008, TE John Carlson registered 100 catches for 1,093 yards at Notre Dame. TE Anthony Fasano caught 92 passes for 1,102 yards for the Fighting Irish before being selected by Dallas in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

TE Kyle Rudolph started all 13 contests as a freshman in 2008, becoming the first tight end to start every game as a freshman in Fighting Irish lore. He had 29 receptions, the most by a freshman in Notre Dame history. Rudolph was selected to the All-Freshman team by The Sporting News.

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Parmalee spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins (2002-04). During his coaching tenure with Miami, he served as the tight ends coach (2004), the assistant special teams coach/offensive assistant (2003) and assistant special teams coach (2002). Parmalee tutored a position group in 2004 that was led by TE Randy McMichael, who caught a team-high 73 passes for 791 yards with four TDs.

Parmalee enjoyed a nine-year NFL playing career with Miami (1992-98) and the New York Jets (1999-00). While playing running back for the Jets, Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel served as the defensive line coach and General Manager Scott Pioli served as New York’s Director of Pro Personnel. Parmalee played for Chiefs Assistant Head Coach Maurice Carthon, who tutored the Jets running backs from 1997-00.

During his NFL career, Parmalee played in 134 games (26 starts), recording 567 rushes for 2,179 yards with 17 TDs and 168 receptions for 1,485 yards with three scores. He also registered 16 kickoff returns for 289 yards and 123 special teams tackles. Parmalee also played in seven career postseason contests (four starts). He entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Miami in 1992.

The Jersey City, N.J., native finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading rusher in Ball State history, tallying 3,483 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. He earned varsity letters in football and baseball as a prep standout at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J.

Education: ­Ball State (B.A. 1991). Born: Jersey City, N.J. Family: Wife - Angela; Children - Nakia Marie, Tre Bernard and Torian.


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