Spring Warm Up: New-Look Coaching Staff

It is the same faces but new roles for the Rutgers coaching staff heading into spring camp of 2015. Highlighted by Ben McDaniels’ promotion to offensive coordinator, Scout looks at the changes made under coach Kyle Flood in his fourth offseason.

His fourth time through the process, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood experienced his smoothest offseason to date when it comes to a coaching staff.

Flood dismissed no full-time coaches in the offseason, but quickly re-tooled his coaching staff after Ralph Friedgen stepped down as offensive coordinator.

Less than three weeks away from training camp, we look at the reshaped Rutgers staff as Flood approaches his fourth season in charge.


Ben McDaniels -- Yes, it is Flood’s fourth offensive coordinator in as many years. Yes, the search could have been more extensive. And yes, McDaniels is inexperienced.

For some reason, this move just makes sense for Rutgers. Forget about the family ties, this is about more than the New England Patriots. McDaniels brings a young, exciting look to the position that went over well with recruits so far.

McDaniels can hit the road hard during the spring evaluation period. How will he fare as a play-caller? That is impossible to say until he gets his opportunity in live action. He received a ringing endorsement from his predecessor in February.

McDaniels will work with quarterbacks in spring, a move that makes complete sense for the former Denver Broncos quarterback coach and signal caller for Kent State.


Anthony Campanile -- A former Rutgers linebacker and safety, the move from tight ends coach to receivers coach is an interesting one. Experience is minimal but the same can be said about tight ends, and he got the job done for two years with the position.

Campanile’s first year as tight ends coach coincided with Tyler Kroft’s breakout season. His second and final year, Rutgers limited its use of the tight end but the rise of walk-ons Charles Scarff and Matt Flanagan to the field display the development they received. Campanile now has a bigger meeting room at wide receiver, a star player in Leonte Carroo and bigger role as a recruiter in North Jersey in a stacked 2016 class.

Phil Galiano -- Galiano assisted on special teams last year, so it will not be a big change with him as the coordinator. He coached tight ends before at Rutgers, and has a big responsibility in his return to the coaching field. Rutgers needs to establish a tight end pecking order with Kroft gone, and it is up to Galiano to get his guys ready.

Galiano vacates his recruiting coordinator position, which should not change much as Flood continues shake ups.


E.J. Barthel and Marcus Berry -- Rutgers is without a recruiting coordinator in title after Jeff Towers withdrew his name from consideration, but these guys have things under control moving into junior day. Barthel is a known name among recruits in the class of 2016, and he already comes up often after visitors leave campus. Berry is still new to Rutgers, but not the Big Ten. The former West Virginia Mountaineer should fit in nicely in the recruiting department.


Scott Vallone and Mike McMahon -- As a graduate assistant and student assistant respectively, why the heck not? Both guys had stellar Rutgers careers and strong knowledge of their positions. Vallone has the respect of his former teammate son the defensive line, and McMahon is another NFL name and another quarterback in the meeting room with all eyes on the position this spring.


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