- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced a partial list of his coaching hires Monday.
Dave Brock, offensive coordinator/wide receivers
Dave Cohen, linebackers
Darnell Dinkins, tight ends
Ben Sirmans, running backs
Rob Spence, quarterbacks
Damian Wroblewski, offensive line
In addition, linebackers coach Robb Smith has been promoted to defensive coordinator, Phil Galiano has been promoted to special-teams coordinator and Jeremy Cole has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach.
Flood will announce his remaining defensive hires Tuesday.
Brock comes to Rutgers after three seasons at Boston College, where he served as interim offensive coordinator for the majority of 2011. He and Flood worked together at Hofstra from 1997-2001. Several of the coaches hired have ties to Hofstra -- Cohen is the former head coach there, Wroblewski also coached the offensive line there; and Spence and Flood also coached together at the school. In another tie, Flood was the first player Spence recruited to Iona in 1989.
What should be most notable about the hires is they all have ties to the Northeast, something incredibly important in recruiting. In addition to the coaches who spent time at Hofstra previously, Dinkins played for the Giants; and Sirmans is from East Orange, N.J., and coached at Boston College the past five seasons.
As for the old staff, receivers coach P.J. Fleck, defensive coordinator Bob Fraser, secondary coach Jeff Hafley and tight ends coach Brian Angelichio went with Greg Schiano to Tampa Bay. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti has reportedly landed with the St. Louis Rams and running backs coach Chris Hewitt has reportedly gone to the Baltimore Ravens.
Hafley could potentially be a big loss. He was largely credited with bringing in some of the top recruits in Rutgers' top 25 signing class.