Changes in Rutgers Football Staff

Three new coaches have been added to the staff of the Rutgers Football team, RU's Head Football coach Greg Schiano announced on Friday afternoon. The additions include running backs coach Gary Brown, wide receivers coach Kirk Ciarrocca, and defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. In addition, two coaches, Kyle Flood and Chris Hewitt, have received promotions.

The major news coming out of Piscataway as February dawned to its abnormal close (it is, after all a Leap Year) was the announced resignation of popular Defensive Backs Coach Chris Demarest. Taking Demarest's place is Chris Hewitt, who has been named Rutgers' cornerbacks coach, formerly the Director of Speed and Skill Development for the Scarlet Knights prior to the today's announced reorganization. Hewitt is not new to the position or to Rutgers, however. He has NFL experience, is a Jersey guy, and is intimately familiar with the position he will be coaching.

Joining the Rutgers football program are a trio of talented coaches with impressive resumes, including running backs coach Gary Brown, wide receivers coach Kirk Ciarrocca and defensive line coach Gary Emanuel.

The announced staff changes also mean that, in addition to Demarest's resignation, there has been additional loss in staff personnel. Rutgers Defensive Line Coach Cary Goddette, and Wide Receivers Coach Robert Jackson have both announced their retirement.

"I have enjoyed my time and have learned a great deal coaching alongside Cary, Chris and Robert," said Schiano. "I wish them the best in their future endeavors. Looking forward, I am eager to work with our new staff. The three coaches we have added bring a wealth of experience to Rutgers and are great coaches and great people."

Coach Gary Brown replaces former running backs coach Craig Ver Steeg, now with the Baltimore Ravens. Brown was a standout running back and defensive back at Penn State from 1987-90. "Gary Brown, I remember him in my early years at Penn State. He was just a tremendous running back," stated Coach Schiano underscoring the importance of having personnel on his staff that excelled at both the collegiate and professional levels. After being selected in the eighth round of the 1991 NFL Draft, the Williamsport, Pa. native, played eight seasons in the NFL with the Oilers, Chargers and Giants. Schiano was a graduate assistant on the 1990 Nittany Lion squad, alongside Brown.

Coach Kirk Ciarrocca replaces Robert Jackson, who retired from his on-field coaching position, but will remain with the program. The Red Land, Pa. native was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Delaware, one of the top I-AA programs in the nation, and helped lead the Blue Hens to the 2003 Division I-AA National Championship. Prior to his stint at Delaware Ciarrocca has been with Penn and Princeton.

Coach Gary Emanuel spent the 2007 season on the west coast as the defensive line coach at San Jose State, taking over as defensive line coach at Rutgers for Cary Godette, who retired from his position. Emanuel, with more than 20 years of coaching experience, including a two-year stint as the San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach in 2005 and 2006. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Emanuel has coached for three BCS programs during his career [Washington State (1994-96), Syracuse (1991-93), and Purdue (1997-2004)].

"We've hired some tremendous football coaches. And some of them are very connected to our program. Ed worked with Bob Frazier at Colgate," stated Coach Schiano, alluding to the familiarity among new personnel already established.

"I think there are a lot of things that stick out about a lot of them," continued Coach Schiano. "Chris Rippon has a lot of extensive NFL experience." As does Coach Emanuel. Indeed, of the 21 years of experience lost due to personnel loss, a significant amount of that was made up by increasing professional coaching experience.

Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano will retain his duties as defensive coordinator.

A 12th game for the upcoming season remains elusive at this time.

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