Greg Schiano’s revamped Rutgers coaching staff: 6 new assistants, other changes –


Greg Schiano’s Rutgers coaching staff will look drastically different in 2022.

The Scarlet Knights will have six new assistants next season, and only two of 10 on-field assistants will return in the same role. Rutgers will also not have a designated special teams coach with former special teams coordinator Adam Scheier now at Temple, where he will handle the Owls’ special teams and also coach tight ends.

Rutgers is expected to have quality control coach Keith Bruno largely oversee the units, and Schiano figures to be involved given the emphasis he places on special teams.

Here is a look at the now-complete staff:

Offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson: Gleeson will return for his third season as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Glen Ridge native is the first Scarlet Knights offensive coordinator to make it to a third season since John McNulty in 2006-08.

Offensive line coach Augie Hoffmann: The most notable move on offense. The former St. Joseph of Montvale coach was a standout offensive lineman at Boston College and played in the NFL. He is entering his third year at Rutgers, spending the first two as the Scarlet Knights’ running backs coach.

Tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile: This will be the former Bergen Catholic coach’s fifth season at Rutgers. Campanile has coached tight ends the last three seasons (plus his stint as interim head coach/offensive coordinator in 2019). Campanile coached running backs during his first year at Rutgers in 2018.

Running backs coach Andrew Aurich: Aurich moves to the running backs room after two seasons as Rutgers’ offensive line coach. He coached Princeton’s running backs in 2011, but has solely coached the offensive line and tight ends since then.

Wide receivers coach Damiere Shaw: The Philadelphia-area native replaced Tiquan Underwood, who left Rutgers to become Pittsburgh’s wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator. Shaw was elevated from his role as the Scarlet Knights’ director of player development. He was Fordham’s receivers coach in 2019 and also worked with the position at Baylor and Temple earlier in his career.

Defensive coordinator Joe Harasymiak: Schiano hired Harasymiak away from Minnesota to replace former coordinator Robb Smith, who is now at Duke as coordinator. Harasymiak, a Waldwick native, was the Golden Gophers’ co-defensive coordinator and was the head coach at Maine prior to that.

Defensive line coach Marquise Watson: The former Paramus Catholic standout and Rutgers graduate assistant replaced Jim Panagos, who is now the defensive tackles coach at Kansas. The Hillside native was most recently a senior defensive analyst at Ole Miss and previously coached the defensive line at Bryant, his alma mater.

Linebackers coach Corey Hetherman: It’s the first Power Five job for Hetherman, who spent the last three seasons as James Madison’s defensive coordinator and was named AFCA FCS assistant of the year in 2021. Hetherman has ties to Harasymiak; they previously worked together at Springfield College and Maine. He replaces longtime Schiano lieutenant Bob Fraser, who is still with the program and will move to an off-field role.

Cornerbacks coach Mark Orphey: Rutgers hired the Alabama analyst on Friday. Orphey is a Texas native who previously coached defensive backs at Utah State and also served in an off-field role at South Carolina. He replaces defensive backs coach Fran Brown, who recently left for the same position at Georgia.

Safeties coach Drew Lascari: The Pequannock native was promoted from a quality control role on Friday. This will be Lascari’s fifth year on the Rutgers staff; the former Don Bosco Prep offensive coordinator and Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) head coach has worked in all three phases of the game for the Scarlet Knights. He was a special teams quality control coach in 2018, worked on offense in 2019 — he was the interim quarterbacks coach for the last eight games of that season — and spent the 2020 and ‘21 seasons on defense. He effectively replaces Scheier.

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