Rutgers hires new offensive coordinator

Dec 28, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights players take the field against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium. Notre Dame Fighting Irish won the game 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood recently announced the hiring of Ralph Friedgen as offensive coordinator and Bob Fraser as special teams coordinator/linebackers coach. Joe Rossi was also promoted to defensive coordinator.

“We got significantly better as a football program today,” said Flood. “All three of these coaches have proven track records as excellent tacticians and recruiters.”

One of the nation’s most highly acclaimed offensive coaches, Friedgen has coordinated the offense for both a collegiate national champion (Georgia Tech in 1990) and a Super Bowl team (San Diego in 1994). He is known as an offensive tactician who utilizes multiple looks and features a balanced offense both through the air and on the ground.

Prior to joining Flood’s staff at Rutgers,  Friedgen spent 10 years (2001-10) as head coach at the University of Maryland.

Friedgen directed the Terps to unprecedented heights in his tenure, taking the program to seven bowl games, including a pair of New Year’s Day appearances, and a school record five bowl victories. Prior to Friedgen’s arrival, Maryland had just one bowl game appearance in the previous 15 seasons.

“We could not have found a better coach or person to lead our offense than Ralph,” said Flood. “His track record of success both in college and the NFL is second to none on the offensive side of the ball. He will be a tremendous addition to our Rutgers football family.”

Friedgen has 32 years of assistant coaching experience including 21 as an offensive coordinator either in college or  at the NFL level. He also received the Frank Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, in 1999 while at Georgia Tech.

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