Prince Adds Three to Coaching Staff
Prince Adds Three to Coaching Staff
Rodgers, one of the NFL’s bright young coaches, has spent the previous five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, the past three as the assistant special teams coach where he helped the 49ers’ unit rank among the league’s best. Rodgers joined the 49ers’ organization in 2003 and served two seasons as the special teams quality control coach before being named an assistant.
Ruggiero, an accomplished offensive coach with extensive experience with quarterbacks, has spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Elon, where he tutored quarterback Scott Riddle, who was dubbed the 2007 College Sporting News National Freshman of the Year after a monstrous rookie campaign.
Jackson, a 20-year coaching veteran at the collegiate level with
“We are extremely pleased with the additions of Jeff, Warren and Cornell to our organization,” Prince said. “Jeff is a tireless worker who comes with extensive NFL experience and will help continue our long-standing tradition of great special teams play at
Last season under Rodgers,
In 2006, the 49ers special teams unit was led by kicker Joe Nedney, who led the team in points with 116, the second-highest total of his career. In the return game, Maurice Hicks surpassed the franchise record for total kickoff returns (57) and kickoff return yards (1,428) and also led the unit in tackles with 20. In 2005, Nedney connected on 26-of-28 field goals and was NFC Special Teams Player of Week after his five field goal performance against
Rodgers joined the 49ers staff from the
Ruggiero, a 20-year coaching veteran, helped develop Riddle into one of the top quarterbacks in the country last season at Elon as the freshman led the FCS in passing yards per game (347.0) and completions per game (31.5) and also ranked second nationally in total passing yards (3,817), third in both total offense (339.8 yards per game) and points responsible for (22.2 per game) and 16th in passing efficiency (146.3 rating).
Riddle finished his rookie campaign with a 68.1 completion percentage, connecting on 346 of his 508 passes for 3,817 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also ran for nine scores. Riddle established new Elon and SoCon single-season plateaus for completions, passing attempts, passing yards, touchdown passes, plays of total offense (622), yards of total offense (3,738) and touchdowns responsible for (40). He also ended up with NCAA freshman records for touchdown passes, total offense per game and net yards.
The Phoenix signal caller also notched SoCon single-season records for total offense average, games passing for 300 or more yards (nine), consecutive games passing for 300 or more yards (nine), consecutive games passing for a touchdown (11) and consecutive games passing for 200 or more yards (11).
Under Ruggiero’s guidance in 2006, Elon’s Wes Pope, who played tight end in 2005, established a then-program record by throwing for 2,572 yards, shattering the previous mark of 2,079 set in 1968.
Prior to his arrival at Elon, Ruggiero spent the previous six years at Hofstra, serving the first two seasons (2000-01) as the recruiting coordinator/quarterbacks coach and the last four (2002-05) as the offensive coordinator. At Hofstra, Ruggiero recruited and coached current New Orleans Saint standout Marques Colston.
While at Hofstra, the Pride led the Atlantic 10 and ranked among the nation’s best in passing offense during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The Pride also led the A-10 in passing with a 250.5 yards per game average in 2003. In 2001 the Hofstra passing attack, behind current CFL quarterback Rocky Butler, ranked fourth in I-AA, averaging 301 yards per game. In 2000 the Pride passing attack ranked 17th in I-AA, averaging 261.8 yards per game.
Previously, he coached the halfbacks and tight ends at The College of William and Mary during the 1999 campaign.
Prior to coming to William & Mary, Ruggiero was the head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Glenville State College for two seasons (1997-98); the quarterbacks coach, running backs coach and offensive coordinator at Clarion University of Pennsylvania for three seasons (1994-96); the quarterbacks coach, running backs coach, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at The Defiance College for five seasons (1989-1993) and a graduate assistant at the University of Delaware for the 1988 campaign.
Ruggiero worked with NCAA-IAA playoff teams at Hofstra in 2000 and 2001 as well as an NCAA-II playoff team at
An offensive coordinator at five colleges, Ruggiero’s offenses have finished among the country’s top 10 teams and also has coached a quarterback to All-America status at all five stops. His quarterbacks have broken four NCAA all-time records and have placed in the top 10 of 12 NCAA statistical categories.
The Glen Rock, N.J., native earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and philosophy in 1988 and a master of science degree in physical education and health in 1992 from Delaware. While there, Ruggiero played four years as a quarterback. He and his wife, Jennifer, have one child, Emma.
Jackson, who began his coaching career 21 years ago in the state of Kansas, spent the 2007 season as the running backs coach for the Bears, while previously serving two seasons as the running backs coach at New Mexico.
Prior to his second coaching stint at
Before joining the Husky staff,
Prior to his Houston tenure, he tutored running backs at Arizona State from 1996-99, instructing Sun Devil standouts J.R. Redmond, Terry Battle, Jeff Paulk, Terrell Smith, Michael Martin, Delvon Flowers and Bruce Perkins. Five of those players were selected in the NFL Draft while
Jackson began his coaching career as running backs coach at Butler County (Kan.) Community College in 1987 before moving on to Central Missouri State as a graduate assistant coach from 1988-89. From 1990-91,
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With the hiring of Rodgers, Ruggiero and Jackson, Prince also announced that defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar will handle the secondary coaching duties while coordinating the defense, and offensive coordinator Dave Brock will continue to work with the Wildcat receivers.