Siciliano Promotion Among Numerous Changes

Continuity has been a strong point for the Ohio State football staff in recent years, but a number of retirements and one major promotion has resulted in a shake-up of sorts for the Buckeyes. The biggest move has Nick Siciliano officially taking over as quarterbacks coach after a year of helping out while Joe Daniels battled health problems.

Little ever stays the same when it comes to coaching staffs in Division I football, and Ohio State confirmed rumors of numerous changes to its gridiron staff both on and off the field Wednesday afternoon.

About a month after a full-time assistant coach job opening appeared on Ohio State's human resources website, the Buckeyes announced a move that had been expected for months when Nick Siciliano was promoted to quarterbacks coach.

Siciliano had been working with the quarterbacks on the field for the past year as the nominal position coach, Joe Daniels, continued to battle cancer. Daniels has stayed on staff but the Buckeyes filed a petition with the NCAA to allow Siciliano the opportunity to work on the field and in the meeting room with a group that includes Terrelle Pryor.

Siciliano, a graduate of Youngstown State, has worked at Ohio State since 2005, when he was hired as the offensive quality control coach. Previously he had worked in a variety of offensive positions at Youngstown State, Oklahoma, Urbana and North Carolina A&T.

At Oklahoma, he was an assistant video coordinator at a time when former Iowa signal caller and noted quarterbacks guru Chuck Long was an assistant and Heisman Trophy runner-up Josh Heupel was under center. Since then, Heupel has become OU's quarterbacks coach and tutored Sam Bradford last season.

"I've had the chance to work with Joe Daniels and Jim Tressel, two of the best quarterback coaches in the country," Siciliano said in the spring. "And I had the experience to spend some time with Chuck Long, and understand when I was there with Chuck Long that Josh Heupel was sitting in the room.

"So I've been around some great people, but coming here has made such a difference in my life for the fact that I've learned so much. Joe Daniels has taught me so much. You come to a place like this and you think you know, but you don't. You have to learn and you have to experience being here at Ohio State. I just can't thank those guys enough for teaching me what they've taught me."

After 39 years as an on-field coach, Daniels has moved up to a position as the team's associate director of personnel development. The Pennsylvania native will have a new role that includes assisting the Buckeyes in the areas of community outreach, as liaison to groups such as NFL scouts, high school coaches and OSU campus organizations, and other duties.

Siciliano's former position of offensive quality control assistant has been taken over by Keith Uecker. Whereas Siciliano's area of expertise is with skill positions, Uecker comes to Ohio State with a wealth of experience of tutoring offensive lines.

Uecker, a 10-year NFL lineman from 1982-91 with Denver and Green Bay, graduated from Auburn as a four-year starter, All-SEC team member and All-American. Since his playing days concluded, he has been an offensive line coach at Akron and his most recent stop of Wayne State.

Uecker had previously been announced as a new coach during Ohio State's football camps.

The offseason retirement of longtime coach and administrator Bob Tucker from the job of director of football operations has led to some other changes in the Buckeye program. Todd Alles, a longtime high school coach throughout Ohio and a former Buckeye player, has moved from a program assistant into Tucker's associate director of football operations role.

Alles, who held a similar position at Alabama from 2007-08, will handle the day-to-day administrative and logistical details for the Buckeyes.

Assistant recruiting coordinator Greg Gillum has taken on additional responsibilities as well, moving up to director of football operations for player personnel. He will continue to work with recruiting coordinator John Peterson while adding duties regarding team travel, camps and clinics.

Director of player development Stan Jefferson will assume additional responsibilities in the areas of academics, outreach and administration. Amy Burgess has been promoted to associate director of internal operations, with additional responsibility dealing with purchasing, ticketing and budgetary procedures.

Also, Shannon Smith has moved from the compliance department to a position as an administrative assistant. Longtime football secretary Betty Affeldt recently retired after 30 years of service in OSU athletics.


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