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Report: Rutgers Football Set To Hire Jay Valai As Cornerbacks Coach

The former Wisconsin player fills out the coaching staff

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Per a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Rutgers is set to hire Jay Valai as cornerbacks coach, replacing Henry Baker who recently left for a job with the New York Giants.

Valai played safety at Wisconsin from 2007 to 2010 where he totaled 153 tackles, 1 sack, 4 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions in 48 games played. He was named All-Big Ten Second Team in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Texas native was training high school and professional athletes after his college career was finished before transitioning into coaching. He worked as a defensive quality control coach at Georgia during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. This past season, Valai was a defensive quality control coach in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rutgers head coach Chris Ash was the defensive backs coach at Wisconsin in 2010 during Valai’s senior season. Ash remained at Wisconsin as the defensive coordinator the following two seasons.

The hiring of Valai fills out the Rutgers coaching staff and here is a full listing of staff and responsibilities:

Offensive Coordinator - John McNulty

Running Backs - Kolby Smith

Wide Receivers - Lester Erb

Tight Ends - Nunzio Campanile

Offensive Line - Peter Rossomando

Defensive Coordinator - Andy Buh

Defensive line - Corey Brown

Safeties/Co-DC - Noah Joseph

Cornerbacks - Jay Valai

Special Teams/OLB - Vince Okruch

During the recent national signing day special that Rutgers produced, you can watch interviews with every assistant coach other than Valai.