Campanile Moves to Full-Time

Newly promoted wide receiver and tight end coach Anthony Campanile has come full circle after playing for Rutgers before the turn of the program. Campanile replaces departing tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins as the final full-time staff member.

Anthony Campanile was a member of the Rutgers roster in the early years of Greg Schiano when the program began its evolution. Now promoted from graduate assistant to full-time offensive assistant, Campanile has goals of helping Rutgers take its step into the Big Ten.

Campanile will coach wide receivers and tight ends full time after working with defensive backs last season as a graduate assistant. He replaces Darnell Dinkins, who will leave to explore other opportunities, on the staff.

"Anthony is a tremendous football coach and I think that he's going to be a tremendous recruiter now that he's on full-time," said head coach Kyle Flood. "But it's the football part that comes first and the recruiting will be an added bonus."

Campanile's ties to North Jersey in recruiting are well-documented. His brother, Nunzio Campanile, is the head coach at powerhouse Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) and he is the former offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.).

Flood said the recruiting opportunities excite him, but that on-field coaching put him in position for a promotion.

"I think it's important that I point out that he wouldn't be in that position if he wasn't a tremendous football coach and that is really what brought him here to Rutgers," Flood said. "The fact that he is a product of the Rutgers football program and a product of Rutgers University makes it that much better.

"…With Anthony, growing up in North Jersey, the Campanile name in North Jersey high schools is a very well-known name. That's certainly where Anthony's primary recruiting area will be."

Campanile played linebacker under Schiano and, after a stint as the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco, rejoined the program this year.

Campanile was Gary Nova's offensive coordinator during back-to-back high school titles. As receivers coach at Rutgers, Campanile will also be reuinited with Leonte Carroo, who played for him in high school.

"The program from when I got here to where it is now is kind of night and day," Campanile said. "It's been a great ride watching as a fan where it is now. And now to be a part of it as a coach trying to help young men and to see the kids that we have in this program. It's really been a joy to this point, since I've been back, it really gives a great sense of pride. I played here. … I don't think you could ask for a better situation in any aspect of your life. It's a tremendous feeling."

Campanile replaced offensive coordinator Dave Brock as an on-the-road recruiter before Signing Day and will be one of the top recruiters in-state for Rutgers moving forward.

"From a recruiting aspect I'm totally excited," Campanile said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys in recruiting areas that we're in. I got to do a little of it, getting out on the road at the end of the year when we were down with numbers on the staff. … I'm just as excited, or even more so, to get back on the field. We have great kids here."


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