Ianello Named New TE Coach

Rob Ianello, an original member of Barry Alvarez' coaching staff at Wisconsin, will return to the program to accept the vacant tight end coaching position.

Rob Ianello, the recruiting coordinator (since 1994) and wide receivers coach (since 1997) at Arizona, has been named Wisconsin's tight ends coach, Badger head coach Barry Alvarez announced.

Ianello replaces Paul Chryst, who left Wisconsin for another coaching position.

Ianello is coming off a season in which he coached Pac-10 receiving leader Bobby Wade, who caught 93 passes for 1,389 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I am thrilled to have Rob return to Wisconsin," Alvarez said. "He was a member of our original staff here in 1990 and helped us build our program from the beginning. In addition to being a strong recruiter, he developed into a fine football coach. I'm very pleased to have him re-join us."

Ianello was the on-campus recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin from 1990-91 and the recruiting coordinator for the Badgers from 1992-93. It was during those years that Wisconsin built its 1994 Rose Bowl champion.

Prior to joining Alvarez's first staff at Wisconsin, Ianello was assistant recruiting coordinator with head coach Bill Curry at Alabama in 1988-89. That staff signed 17 of the eventual 22 starters on Alabama's 1992 national championship team. Ianello was a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide in 1987.

A native of Port Chester, N.Y., Ianello is a 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Denise (the associate head women's basketball coach at Arizona), have a 1-year-old son, Zachary.

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