It's official: UConn coach Bob Diaco has named his staff, which includes eight new assistant coaches as well as one retained from Paul Pasqualoni's 2013 staff.
Bob Diaco (Iowa '95), Head Coach
Don Patterson (Army '73), Associate Head Coach/Quarterbacks
Mike Cummings (Buffalo '84), Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Anthony Poindexter (Virginia '99), Defensive Coordinator/Safeties
Wayne Lineburg (Virginia '96), Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Vincent Brown (Mississippi Valley State '88), Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Kevin Wolthausen (Humboldt State '81), Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line
Mike Foley (Colgate '78), Offensive Line
Ernest T. Jones (Alcorn State '95), Running Backs/Player Engagement
Josh Reardon (Central Michigan '06), Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks
"It is an awesome staff, it is an honor to be with these guys for me," Diaco told Geno Auriemma while appearing on Auriemma's radio show (via New Haven Register's Jim Fuller). Some guys from different backgrounds, some guys that have different expertise's but they are all the same guy. They are good people that love coaching and teaching college football. They are loyal and trustworthy; they are all communicators.
"We met for the first time last night when they got on campus. We got together as a (staff) today for the first time and as I sat there and said to them ‘you guys don’t really know each other but I love every one of you and I am confident that you guys are going to love each other. You are really all the game guy.' We have somebody on the staff who is in the 60s, somebody who is his 30s. ...
"A lot of guys go different ways," Diaco continued. "They have their own formulas, some guys won’t hire anybody that they already know. The ones that I have grown to enjoy and the model, the Hayden Fry model, the Bob Stoops model, hire guys you know, hire guys you love, hire guys you trust."
More biographical details on the new hires via UConnHuskies.com:
Patterson comes to Storrs after spending the last three seasons as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Buffalo.
Cummings takes over as the UConn Offensive Coordinator after holding the same title at Central Michigan for the past four seasons.
Poindexter will be the Defensive Coordinator at UConn after spending the last 10 years in various roles on the coaching staff at Virginia
Lineburg spent the last four years in various roles on the staff at Richmond, including a year as Interim Head Coach.
Brown will coach the UConn linebackers and serve as the Co-Defensive Coordinator after four years as a defensive position coach at Virginia.
Wolthausen comes to UConn to serve as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.
Foley is the lone holdover on the UConn staff from the 2013 season, and will continue working with the offensive line.
Jones will join Diaco in moving from Notre Dame to UConn after spending 2012-13 as the Director of Player Development and Engagement for the Fighting Irish.
Reardon was a graduate assistant with the Irish the past two seasons after spending four years as a defensive position coach at the FCS level.
Now the real work begins. Diaco and his staff will prepare for spring workouts and before you know it, the 2014 season will be upon us.