Breaking Down the Rutgers Staff Changes

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood did a lot more than name a new offensive coordinator Tuesday afternoon, and Scarlet Report is here to break down everything that happened and the changes coming in 2015.

For those trying to catch up or break down the changes in the Hale Center’s Rutgers football offices, Scarlet Report goes person-by-person to break down the new roles on the coaching staff.


Ben McDaniels -- The biggest move of the day, McDaniels found out Tuesday that he is the replacement for Ralph Friedgen as Rutgers offensive coordinator. McDaniels joined the staff last year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dismissed Greg Schiano and his staff. McDaniels does not have college play-calling experience on his official resume, but he ran third downs under Friedgen and has an impressive list of names for consulting purposes.

In addition to offensive coordinator, McDaniels moves from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, where Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano square off for Gary Nova’s vacated starting job in spring practice.


Ralph Friedgen -- Friedgen stepped down from his offensive coordinator role after one year of his two-year deal. Looking to spend more time with family, Friedgen will not separate entirely from Rutgers. Friedgen will be back in New Jersey for spring practice as a special assistant to the head coach, but his duties in the role are not yet defined.


Phil Galiano -- Galiano is back as a full-time assistant as another staff addition following Schiano’s NFL departure. Galiano came back to Rutgers to work in players operations. He moved to recruiting coordinator after Tariq Ahmad left for an NFL job. Galiano takes on his third job in the last 12 months now as the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. Galiano coached tight ends during his last Rutgers stint, and worked in special teams with the Buccaneers.


Anthony Campanile -- Returning to Rutgers as a graduate assistant, Campanile now moves from tight ends coach to receivers coach. The move lets Campanile get more involved as a recruiter in North Jersey and coach a wider pool of Rutgers players.


Bob Fraser -- Last year’s special teams coordinator, Fraser remains the Rutgers linebackers coach.


Scott Vallone -- A former team captain and elite defensive tackle, Vallone returns to Rutgers after he coached the defensive line at St. Lawrence in 2014. He replaces Charlie Noonan as a graduate assistant, and works under Jim Panagos on the defensive line.


Mike McMahon -- Not yet announced, sources told Scarlet Report Monday that McMahon will return to Rutgers as a student assistant after a decade of professional football at the quarterback position.


Recruiting Coordinator -- Rutgers is without a recruiting coordinator after Galiano’s move to tight ends coach. Flood has multiple options already on staff. When asked about the vacancy, Flood said, “We do have some people in mind, and hopefully going to get that position filled as soon as possible, but right now it's not filled.”


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