Per a report on Monday night from the coaching site Football Scoop, Rutgers is hiring Central Connecticut State’s Pete Rossomando as its new offensive line coach. The Staten Island native is replacing A.J. Blazek, who left for North Dakota State earlier this month.
Source: Rutgers to fill offensive line opening by hiring FCS head coach https://t.co/8fOh3HiBiU— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) January 22, 2019
Rossomando served as head coach for CC State the past five seasons, amassing a 23-24 record. However, he went 14-9 the past two seasons and led the program to its first trip to the FCS playoffs in 2017. He was previously the head coach at New Haven, where he had a record of 42-13 and two trips to the Division II playoffs. Before he became a head coach, he served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Albany. He played both the offensive and defensive line at Boston University from 1990-1993.
Per James Kratch of NJ Advance Media, Rossomando has a connection to Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty. Rossomando’s mentor was former Dolphins head coach, the late Tony Sparano, who coached with McNulty when both were on the staffs of Tom Coughlin with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys. Kratch indicated Sparano gave Rossomando his start at New Haven in the mid-nineties when he served as offensive and defensive line coach under him.
In addition on Monday, Rutgers formally announced the hiring of new defensive coordinator Andy Buh, which was reported earlier this month.
It appears head coach Chris Ash has one more assistant spot to fill and Football Scoop stated, “With Rossomando expected to come aboard, the source said Chris Ash was still looking to hire one more assistant, most likely to handle running backs or tight ends.” One thing to note is there is a lot of positional versatility with the current offensive staff, so there could be some internal shifting of roles in addition to hiring a new coach.