Paul Pasqualoni's first staff at Connecticut is now complete with the official hiring Clayton White as running backs and special teams coach.
White was the defensive backs and special teams co-coordinator at Western Kentucky last season, and he spent three seasons at Stanford before that. His other previous stops include Western Michigan and Western Carolina. White played in the NFL with Tampa Bay and the New York Giants after a standout career as a linebacker at NC State.
Pasqualoni's full staff now looks like this:
George DeLeone, offensive coordinator/tight ends
Don Brown, defensive coordinator/cornerbacks
Hank Hughes, assistant head coach/defensive line
Matt Cersosimo, wide receivers/recruiting coordinator
Mike Foley, offensive line
Joe Moorhead, quarterbacks
Darrell Perkins, safeties
Clayton White, running backs/special teams
Jonathan Wholley, linebackers
Six of the nine assistants are holdovers from Randy Edsall's staff last year, which is a high number of coaches to be retained when a head coach is brought in from the outside. A lot of that may have to do with how late Pasqualoni was hired, coming aboard as he did in mid-January. It's good for continuity and carryover, but you always wonder how a new head coach will mesh with assistants from a previous regime. Huskies fans have to be happy to see Foley, who has gotten a lot of credit for the team's outstanding offensive line play over the years, stay put in Storrs.
One thing you can't question about this staff is its cumulative experience. According to UConn, four of the coaches have a combined 42 years as head coaches: Pasqualoni (19 years at Syracuse and Western Connecticut); DeLeone (four years at Southern Connecticut); Brown (12 years at UMass, Northeastern and Plymouth State); and Foley (seven years at Colgate). Hughes and Moorhead join DeLeone and Brown to give UConn four coaches who have served as FBS coordinators. And there is a combined 196 seasons of college coaching experience on the staff, with five different coaches having worked in the college game for at least 29 seasons.
One excuse Huskies players can't use this year is, "those coaches don't know what they're talking about." These guys have seen it all.