Analysis: Building a New Staff

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is close to fully staffing the football program after taking over the program nine days ago. Putting things in perspective, takes a look at the new names and what they bring to the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is going back to his roots for many hires on his first staff as the leader of a program. Former coach Greg Schiano took many assistants with him that Flood wanted to keep at Rutgers. Unlike Schiano, however, Flood successfully dipped into his 20-year background as a head coach to bring a few key names and a lot of experience to the Banks.

With the staff approaching completion, breaks down the known names in the mix with spring practice just around the corner.

In addition to the new names, keep in mind that Robb Smith, Phil Galiano and Jeremy Cole are expected to remain on staff, with Smith taking over as defensive coordinator and Cole replacing Jay Butler.

Dave Brock:

Past Experience: TE coach at Boston College (2009-present), Kansas State OC and WR coach (2007-08), North Carolina WR coach, Temple OC/QB coach, Hofstra assistant (1995-2002)

Expected Role: Offensive coordinator and WR coach.

Reputation: Brock is best known for being the position coach of NFL talents Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate while at North Carolina. Brock has a strong background in the pro-style offense and most recently held a coordinator role while at Kansas State. Brock helped turn Wildcat quarterback Josh Freeman and receiver Jordy Nelson into top NFL talents.

Recruiting Impact: Look for Brock to make an instant impact in South Jersey and possibly Pennsylvania. Brock is a Moorestown, N.J., native and recruited the area while serving as Temple's offensive coordinator. Like Flood, Brock has deep ties to New York because of seven years at Hofstra as an assistant coach in various roles.

Rob Spence:

Past Experience: Bethune-Cookman OC (2011-present), Temple WR coach (2010), Syracuse OC/QB coach (2008-09), Clemson OC/QB coach (2005-08), Toledo OC/QB coach (2001-04), Hofstra OC/QB coach (1997-99), assistant in various roles with Maryland, Iona and Holy Cross.

Expected Role: QB coach

Reputation: Spence has play-calling experience dating back to his first job as the offensive coordinator of Iona and has a history of shaping and developing quarterbacks. Spence coached NFL quarterback Charlie Whitehurst while at Clemson and Bruce Gradkowski while at Toledo.

Recruiting Impact: Spence has a familiarity with many programs in New Jersey from his time working for Al Golden at Temple. Spence is 54, but will bring the energy that other former assistants like P.J. Fleck and Jeff Hafley brought as an annual runner in the Boston Marathon. Like the majority of Flood's staff, Spence has strong ties to New York communities because of time at Hofstra and Syracuse.

Damian Wroblewski

Past Experience: Assistant HC/OC at Delaware (2007-present), OL coach at Hofstra (2004-05), OC/OL coach at Bryant (1999-2001)

Expected Role: OL coach

Reputation: Flood hyped up his choice for offensive line coach as the best in the country while speaking last week on National Signing Day. The move has not been announced, but recruits have been told Wroblewski is the guy. Wroblewski, 35, falls in the young and hungry category heading into his first job at the FBS level.

Recruiting Impact: Known as "Coach Robo," many recruits in Pennsylvania including J.J. Denman and Brandon Arcidiacono are familiar with him because of his time at Delaware. Look for Wroblewski to keep those ties and be a force in Pennsylvania with the loss of Brian Angelicho to the NFL.

Dave Cohen:

Past Experience: DC/LB coach at Western Michigan (2010-present), Hofstra head coach (2006-10), Delaware assistant (1994-95, 2002-05)

Expected Role: LB coach

Reputation: Perhaps the biggest steal for Flood in building his staff, Cohen brings four years of head-coaching experience and strong ties to Flood and other assistants with more than a decade at Hofstra and Delaware. Though on a smaller scale, Cohen brings significant play-calling and head-coaching experience to a staff with first-timers at both spots.

Recruiting Impact: With the exception of Flood, no assistant has stronger ties to New York than Cohen. Cohen spent plenty of time recruiting the area as the head coach of Hofstra and even brought in Rutgers offensive lineman Matt McBride before the program closed.

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