Joe Scola is in his second season as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State, where he will work primarily with the linebackers under Greg Hudson. In Scola’s first season as a graduate assistant with the Seminoles in 2011, he worked with the secondary and defensive coordinator/secondary coach Mark Stoops. FSU finished the season ranked fourth nationally in total defense and No. 20 in pass defense in 2011 and defeated Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.
Scola came to Florida State in 2010 as a quality control assistant for defense where he worked with the linebackers. FSU won the ACC Atlantic Division that season, advanced to the 2010 ACC Championship and defeated South Carolina in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Scola started his coaching career at his alma mater Dartmouth College. A two-year letterwinner at Dartmouth as a free safety in 2005 and 2006, he joined the Big Green staff as an assistant coach in 2007 while completing his degree requirements in sociology. He worked with the defensive secondary while also being responsible for film breakdown, running the scout teams and preparing scouting reports for the punt team. He coached the outside linebackers, nickel backs and specialists in 2008 and inside linebackers in 2009. He aided in safety John Pircon earning All-Ivy League team honors in 2007 and punter Brian Scullen earning All-Ivy League and honorable mention FCS All-America honors in 2008 while leading the country in punting. He also served as director of the Buddy Teevens Football Camp in 2008 and 2009.
A native of Punta Gorda, Fla., Scola earned a bachelor of arts in sociology in 2007 from Dartmouth.
He started three years at Charlotte High in Punta Gorda playing running back, wide receiver, corner and safety. He also returned punts and kickoffs. As a senior, he was captain of a Tarpons team that finished 13-1 (best in school history), won a regional championship and ranked 20th in the nation by USA Today. He was an all-area most valuable player and honorable mention all-state as a senior. Scola also earned four letters in track in the sprints and long jump.