Prince Completes 2008 Coaching Staff

Kansas State's staff is set for the opening of the 2008 spring football season on March 29, and the playing of the Spring game on April 19. Prince announced Monday the hiring of Jeff Rodgers (special teams), Warren Ruggiero (quarterbacks) and Cornell Jackson (llinebackers).

Kansas State football coach Ron Prince has completed his staff for the 2008 season with the announcement of three hirings today.

They are Jeff Rodgers as special teams coordinator, Warren Ruggiero as quarterbacks coach, and, Cornell Jackson as linebackers coach.

Rodgers has spent the past five years with the San Francisco 49ers assisting with the special teams; Ruggiero has coached the last two seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Elon, and, Jackson coached the running backs last year at Baylor.

"Jeff is a tireless worker who comes with extensive NFL experience and will help continue our long-standing tradition of great special teams play at Kansas State, while Warren has a proven track record of working with quarterbacks and is both a tremendous coach and a man of integrity," Prince said.

"Cornell is an accomplished coach and recruiter with deep Kansas ties. All three of these men are great fits for Kansas State."

Prince also announced that defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar will handle the secondary coaching duties while coordinating the defense, and offensive coordinator Dave Brock will continue to work with the Wildcat receivers.

Spring football begins on March 29, with the playing of the Spring Game on April 19.

Under Rodgers, San Francisco led the NFC and was second in the NFL in net punting as NFC Pro Bowl honoree Andy Lee averaged 47.3 yards a kick and netted 41.0 for the year. The 49ers became just the second team in NFL history to net 40-plus yards a kick during a season, while Lee and the 49ers also set the NFL record with 42 kicks being downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Rodgers joined the 49ers staff from the University of Arizona, where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on defense in 2002.

He played four seasons at linebacker for North Texas where he earned his degree in business, specializing in entrepreneurship and strategic management in 2000.

Ruggiero, a 20-year coaching veteran, helped develop Scott Riddle into one of the top freshman quarterbacks in the country averaging 347 passing yards with 31.5 completions per game. Riddle was second in the nation in passing yards with 3,817, and third in total offense at 340 yards per game.

Prior to his arrival at Elon, Ruggiero spent the previous six years at Hofstra, serving the first two seasons (2000-01) as the recruiting coordinator/quarterbacks coach and the last four (2002-05) as the offensive coordinator.

Other coaching jobs were at The College of William and Mary during the 1999 campaign, plus Glenville State, Clarion University, The Defiance College and University of Delaware.

An offensive coordinator at five colleges, Ruggiero's offenses have finished among the country's top 10 teams and also has coached a quarterback to All-America status at all five stops.

The Glen Rock, N.J., native earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and philosophy in 1988 and a master of science degree in physical education and health in 1992 from Delaware.

Jackson, who began his coaching career 21 years ago at Coffeyville Community College, spent the 2007 season as the running backs coach for the Bears, while previously serving two seasons as the running backs coach at New Mexico.

In 2006, Jackson coached first-team All-Mountain West Conference tailback Rodney Ferguson, who rushed for 1,132 yards in leading the Lobos to a New Mexico Bowl appearance. A year earlier, Jackson pupil DonTrell Moore earned 2005 Mountain West Conference offensive player of the year honors after becoming just the sixth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards four times in a career.

Prior to his second coaching stint at New Mexico, Jackson spent three seasons (2002-04) at the University of Washington, plus seasons at Houston, Arizona State and Central Missouri State.

Jackson has also taken advantage of NFL internship programs to work with Seattle, St. Louis, Denver and San Diego.

The 1986 Sterling (Kan.) College graduate was a two-time all-conference defensive back (1982 and 1983) at Hinds Junior College in Raymond, Miss.

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