Joe Gilbert

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
9 77-58-0 57.04% 7-3 70.00%


Career Summary

Joe Gilbert is a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) and has been the offensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2019. During this time period, the Buccaneers compiled a 24-15-0 record.

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Playing College Football

Gilbert played college football at Division III Hamilton College (NY) under head coaches Steve Stetson and Steve Frank from 1983-1986. Gilbert was a three-time all-conference selection for the NESCAC and became the first Hamilton player to be bestowed with All-American honors (1986).

Coaching Career

College Career

University at Albany

Gilbert began his coaching career after graduation at the University at Albany as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons (1987-1988) under long-time head coach Bob Ford.

University of Pennsylvania

After his graduate assistantship was completed, Gilbert became the assistant offensive line and recruiting coordinator for Penn from 1989-1990 under head coach Gary Steele. This position marked the first of more than twenty years coaching offensive linemen.

Northeastern University

In 1991, Gilbert was hired by Northeastern as their offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Hired by new head coach Barry Gallup, Northeastern did not experience a winning season during Gilberts three seasons (1991-1993) with the Huskies.

University of Maine

After his three seasons in Northeastern, Gilbert was hired by Maine as the team's offensive line coach in 1994. In 1996, he was promoted to offensive coordinator, his first opportunity to run an entire offense. His offense helped to re-write the school record books as the Black Bears set 11 new team records under Gilbert's direction, including five Division 1-AA records (now FCS).

Mansfield University

Gilbert accepted the head coaching position at Mansfield for the 2000 season. He remained at the school for only a single season.

University of Toledo

Beginning in 2001, Gilbert began coaching at Toledo as their offensive line coach under new head coach Tom Amstutz. In his first season with the team, the Rockets finished the season ranked in final AP Poll of the season for only the second time in thirty seasons. That season, Toledo also won the MAC Championship and the Motor City Bowl, only their second bowl win in twenty years. The Rockets also had a highly ranked offense, (13th in total offense, 16th in scoring, 17th in rushing) that only improved in 2002. The offense that year was fifth in offense and 11th in scoring. Two members of Gilbert's offensive line also were named to the all-conference team. Gilbert left the team after the 2003 season.

University of Central Florida

After his successful tenure with Toledo, Gilbert accepted the offensive line coach position with UCF in 2004. During his three seasons with the Golden Knights, the team improved 0-11 in 2004 to 8-5 in 2005 for their first bowl appearance in school history (1996 was the first season of football). Three members of his offensive line in 2005 were recognized with postseason conference honors (one all-conference and two all-freshman conference awards). Gilbert stayed one more season with UCF as the team finished 4-8.

Second Stint at Toledo

In 2007, Gilbert returned for a single season as the tight ends coach under Amstutz.

University of Houston

After his single season with Toledo, he coached a single season (2008) for Houston as their offensive line coach under new head coach Kevin Sumlin. In his single season, the Cougars finished second in the nation in passing yards and tenth in scoring offense. Gilbert had another player named to the all-conference team, future NFL player Sebastian Vollmer.

University of Illinois

In 2009, he was hired by Illinois under head coach Ron Zook as the team's offensive line coach. After one season, he was promoted and added the title of assistant head coach in addition to his offensive line duties. During his first season with the team, the offense was ranked 17th in the nation in rushing yards as one of his offensive lineman was named team MVP, first offensive lineman to win the award since 1976. During his three year tenure, two of his lineman were drafted into the NFL.

NFL Coaching

Indianapolis Colts

In 2012, Gilbert entered the NFL as the offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts under head coach Chuck Pagano. In the first three seasons with the Colts, the team went 11-5 with three consecutive playoff appearances (peaking with and AFC Championship appearance in 2014).


Year Position Record Playoff record
2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Line Coach 6-1-0 0-0
2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Line Coach 11-5-0 4-0
2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Line Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2017 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2016 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2015 Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2014 Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line Coach 11-5-0 2-1
2013 Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line Coach 11-5-0 1-1
2012 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Offensive Line Coach 11-5-0 0-1

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