Scelfo Announces Promotions

Tulane football assistant coaches Brad Smiley and Bill D'Ottavio have been given additional responsibilities and titles with the Green Wave football program, Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo announced Monday

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane football assistant coaches Brad Smiley and Bill D'Ottavio have been given additional responsibilities and titles with the Green Wave football program, Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo announced Monday. Smiley has been named recruiting coordinator, while D'Ottavio is now also the Green Wave's assistant head coach in addition to their duties coaching the Tulane tight ends and cornerbacks, respectively.

Smiley, Tulane's tight ends coach for the last three seasons and a member of the staff since 2000, will work with the entire coaching staff to direct recruiting efforts throughout the city, state and country. He will serve as a clearinghouse for information and communication about prospects among the staff and will be a primary point of communication for external groups, including high schools. A native of Natchitoches, La., Smiley steps into the new role after successfully recruiting in the Dallas area over the last several years.

"I'm obviously excited and looking forward to taking over the role," Smiley said. "Recruiting is a total staff effort, I'm just going to be the one to help organize the details."

As Tulane's new assistant head coach, D'Ottavio adds administrative duties to his role as the Green Wave's cornerbacks coach. He joined the Tulane program last year after five years at UCF, including two seasons as defensive coordinator.

"I definitely enjoyed my first year here at Tulane," D'Ottavio said. "As assistant head coach, I'm looking forward to being able to make even more contributions to the success of the football program off the field."

Tulane, which is coming off a 5-6 season in which it won four of its last six games, including three upset victories, completes its 2005 spring practices March 17. The Green Wave opens the 2005 season on Sunday, Sept. 4 with a nationally-televised contest at Conference USA foe Southern Miss.

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