Past Experience: Rutgers special teams coordinator (2009-present), Maine defensive coordinator/associate head coach (2002-09)
New Role: Defensive coordinator
Reputation: Smith showed he can be one of the best in the business when it comes to X's and O's while play-calling on special teams. Smith turned Devin McCourty, Joe Lefeged and Jeremy Deering into feared kick returners, but did most of his damage on block teams. Rutgers would very well have lost games against Navy, Army and South Florida without huge special teams plays drawn up by Smith.
Recruiting Impact: His role as a recruiter may lessen with an increased game-calling presence, but Smith has strong ties in most Central Jersey schools. Smith is expected to remain a key player in recruiting local talent.
Past Experience: Rutgers position coach (2003-06, 2009-present), FIU defensive coordinator (2007-08)
New Role: Special teams coordinator, defensive assistant
Reputation: Galiano has experience on all three levels of defense, coaching defensive line and linebackers with Rutgers and FIU and playing safety for Shippensburg University. Galiano is a well-respected tactician as an assistant coach and has play-calling experience as the defensive coordinator for FIU under Mario Cristobal. Relatively new to special teams, Galiano has had the last three years to pick up tips from Smith to put him over the top.
Recruiting Impact: Keeping Galiano on staff is huge for recruiting purposes. Galiano flew under the radar as a recruiter last season, but his relationships in South Jersey make him extremely valuable as a recruiter. This year, Galiano helped bring Quanzell Lambert from borderline disinterest to signing with Rutgers on National Signing Day.
New Role: Head strength and conditioning coach
Reputation: Cole has the instant respect of the football team and learned from one of the best in Jay Butler. who joins Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay. Cole brings NFL experience as a former Colts assistant and son of Pittsburgh Steeler Robin Cole. The strength and conditioning program is not expected to miss a beat in transitioning to a new leader.
Recruiting Impact: Strength coaches have limited contact with recruits, but Cole has the respect of current Scarlet Knights, who will spread the word to future ones.