Angelichio Joins Rutgers Staff

Brian Angelichio became the third former Pittsburgh assistant coach to join the Rutgers staff this offseason, but what does it mean?'s Bob Lichtenfels filled in the crowd on exactly what the Scarlet Knights are getting in this latest addition to the staff.

A day after Rutgers welcomed in its best recruiting class in school history, coach Greg Schiano brought another proven recruiter onto his staff with the hiring of former Pittsburgh assistant coach Brian Angelichio.

Angelichio coached tight ends during his five years with the Panthers, and will do the same with the Scarlet Knights. It was be addressed at a later time which coach was leaving the staff to make room for Angelichio.

"Brian is a great fit for our football family," Schiano said. "He has a bright offensive mind and has demonstrated an excellent ability to recruit and develop players, something that is a staple of our program."

Angelichio, 38, also spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Ithaca College, where he coached linebackers, receivers and the offensive line, and he also served as a the offensive coordinator.

Angelichio is the third former Pittsburgh assistant to leave join the Rutgers staff this offseason, joining Jeff Hafley and Frank Cignetti.

"From competing against Rutgers and Coach Schiano for the previous five years, I have a tremendous amount of respect for the tradition he has built at Rutgers," Angelichio said. "I am excited to contribute to the program and help win a BIG EAST championship."

He comes to the Scarlet Knights as a proven coach, and also a strong recruiter with established ties to eastern and central Pennsylvania.

"I think first and foremost, he relates well to the kids," North Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels said. "I've really never had a recruit who did not have something positive to say about Brian Angelichio. He's a real down-to-earth guy. He's like what you would expect a northeastern guy to be. He's real personable. He's a straight shooter.

"He tells the kid how it is, and he's great at building relationships with them. He starts it and he finishes it. He landed a lot of big-time kids at Pittsburgh."

Angelichio has a reputation for being ahead of the curve when it comes to evaluating underclassmen and building relationships with them.

"He's relentless," Lichtenfels said. "He always seems to have a pretty good grasp of the (recruiting) board. He seems to know who the guys are from the time they're in ninth and 10th grade. He's pretty up-to-date with that stuff. He does his homework.

"He's a fiery guy. If you talk to the players he work with or coaches against, he talks some smack, gets right in the mix. He's a fiery type of guy."

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