When former wide receivers coach Jafar Williams left Rutgers to join Maryland’s staff last week, it left a hole in Rutgers’ coaching staff. However, only four days later, it appears the Scarlet Knights have found their replacement.
According to a report by NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt on Monday morning, Rutgers is expected to hire Nunzio Campanile as an assistant of its staff.
Campanile is known as being a prominent high school coach in New Jersey, as he has been the head coach of Bergen Catholic since 2010. Campanile’s last season as the coach of the school’s football team ended with a state championship, the team’s first since 2004.
According to the article, Campanile will likely become Rutgers’s new running back coach, meaning that Lester Erb would potentially move to wide receivers coach or maintain a role in coaching the running backs.
Prior to taking the job at Bergen Catholic, Campanile was the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco for 10 years.
In addition, Campanile’s brother, Anthony, was a former Rutgers assistant coach. Anthony’s time at Rutgers came to an end shortly after Chris Ash was hired in December 2015, as he went on to join Boston College’s coaching staff in January 2016.
Campanile will join a team that went 4-8 in 2017. However, it is safe to say that Campanile’s experience and knowledge at the high school level in New Jersey will certainly give Rutgers an upper leg when it comes to recruiting in the state.