Football Coaching Staff
John Audino
Passing Game Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Passing Game Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Hometown: Albany, N.Y.
High School: Vincentian Institute
Alma Mater: University of Notre Dame
Graduating Year: 1975
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 212-854-2542

Recruiting Areas – New York (Sullivan, Ulster, Columbia Counties and North), Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland


John Audino rejoined the Columbia football staff as the tight ends coach/passing game coordinator in March of 2016. He enters the 2017 season as the program's Passing Game Coordinator/Running Backs coach. It marks Audino’s second stint at Columbia as he served as an assistant coach with the Lions from 1977-81 under former head coaches Bill Campbell and Robert Naso.


From 1992-2015, Audino spent 24 seasons as the head coach at Union College, N.Y., replacing the current Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli, in 1992 after Bagnoli left the Dutchmen to take over at the University of Pennsylvania. The former running back at Notre Dame led the Dutchmen to five NCAA Division III playoff appearances, four Liberty League titles and five ECAC Northwest Championships during his tenure. Audino’s Dutchmen won Liberty League titles in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1993, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2006. After compiling 10 consecutive winning seasons, Audino finished with a successful .500 record or better in 20 of his 24 seasons at Union.


Altogether, Audino posted the most wins in school history with a record of 152-89 and won eight or more games on nine different occasions. He ranks 16th all-time among NCAA Division III coaches in total wins, 48th in all-time career winning percentage and 41st in NCAA Division III history with over 150 wins.


Throughout his time at Union, Audino coached 16 All-Americans, including four Gagliardi Trophy finalists including Noah Joseph (2012, linebacker), John Peters (2009, linebacker), Tom Arcidiacono (2005, running back), and Marco Lainez (1993, linebacker). In all, he coached a total of 145 Liberty League all-academic student athletes and 146 all-conference players.


Prior to his time at Union, Audino also spent two seasons as the head coach at Kean from 1990-91, after five different stints as an assistant coach. Audino’s overall head coaching record is 160-101 in 26 total season combining his time at both Union and Kean.


A two-time Liberty League Coach of the Year recipient, Audino got his start in coaching at Albany in 1975, where he served as the special teams coach under head coach Bob Ford for two seasons, alongside Bagnoli, who was a graduate assistant at the time.


From 1977-81, he coached at Columbia as an assistant, overseeing the wide receivers, running backs, freshman team and recruiting coordinator duties, before taking over as the tight ends coach at Kentucky during the 1982 season.


In 1983, Audino linked back up with Bagnoli at Union, serving as the program’s offensive coordinator on the NCAA Division III national championship runner-up team. He helped the Dutchmen to a combined 25-8 record, three-straight seasons with nine or more wins and three straight NCAA Division III playoff appearances before coaching at Penn as the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach from 1986-89.


Audino is a 1975 graduate of Notre Dame with a History and Secondary Education degree. He resides in New York City with his wife Tina. The couple has two daughters, Monique (29) and Nicolette (25).



Birthdate: June 5, 1953

Hometown: Albany, N.Y.

Family: Wife Tina, two daughters: Monique, Nicolette.



Bachelor of Arts, History and Secondary Education, University of Notre Dame, 1975; Masters of Arts in Education Administration, University at Albany, 1977; Vincentian Institute, Albany, 1971.


Coaching Career

Passing Game Coordinator/Running Backs Coach, Columbia University, 2016

Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach, Columbia University, 2015

Head Coach, Union College, N.Y., 1992-2015

Head Coach, Kean University, N.J., 1999-92

Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers Coach, University of Pennsylvania, 1986-89

Offensive Coordinator, Union College, N.Y., 1983-85

Head Baseball Coach, Union College, N.Y., 1983-84

Tight Ends/Special Teams Assistant Coach, University of Kentucky, 1982

Wide Receivers/Running Backs Coach/Head Freshman Coach, Columbia University, 1977-81

Special Teams Coordinator, University of Albany, 1975-76

Assistant Football Coach/Track and Field, Christian Brothers Academy, N.Y., 1975-76


Playing Career

Two-year letterwinner at Notre Dame from 1973-74 … Walk-on running back who played under legendary coach Ara Parseghian … Member of the 1973 Notre Dame National Championship team, which defeated No. 1 ranked Alabama 24-24 in the Sugar Bowl.