In the U.S. National Football League, the Miami Dolphins have hired former Dallas Cowboys assistant Tony Sparano as their new head coach.

The 46-year-old Sparano replaces Cam Cameron, who was fired earlier this month shortly after Bill Parcells took over as the Dolphins' team executive vice president in late December. Miami was the worst team in the NFL this past season under Cameron, winning only one of its 16 games.

Parcells hired Sparano as the Dallas tight ends coach in 2003 when he was the Cowboys' head coach. Sparano later became the offensive line coach and called plays for Parcells before being promoted to assistant head coach last February. The New York Giants knocked the Cowboys out of the post-season on Sunday, beating Dallas 21-17.

Sparano is a native of New Haven, Connecticut. His only head coaching experience was on the college level at Division II New Haven between 1994 and 1998.