Rapone returning to Blue Hens’ coaching staff

NEWARK – Nick Rapone is returning to the Delaware football coaching staff.

The Blue Hens’ former defensive coordinator, who spent the last five seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, has been hired as the Blue Hens’ cornerbacks coach.

Rapone wasn’t retained after head coach Bruce Arians retired following this past season.

“A lot of our fans and supporters are familiar with Nick as he spent numerous years here with a lot of success working with K.C. (Keeler),” said Delaware coach Danny Rocco. “ I’ve known him for quite some time and was certainly excited to hear about his interest in the job and the knowledge and experience he will bring to our staff.”

With the Cardinals, Rapone coached five Pro-Bowl selections and two All-Pro selections. Her served as Hens’ defensive coordinator from 2006-12, where he was a part of two NCAA Division I FCS national championship game appearances (2007, 2010).

Rapone also had stints on the defensive staffs at Temple, UConn, Pittsburgh and ETSU.

Rocco also announced that Delaware has hired Kevin Reihner (Offensive Assistant/Tight Ends coach) and Greg Meyer (Recruiting Assistant/Offensive Quality Control).

Recent alum Jalen Kindle will join the coaching staff as the defensive assistant and work with the linebackers, while Manny Rojas and Clint Sintim, will serve as co-special teams coordinators, along with their coaching duties with the inside and outside linebackers.

“I’m really excited to complete our staff as we head into our second season here at Delaware,” said Rocco. “We’ve really been able to round out our staff with extremely knowledgeable and experienced coaches and it puts us in a good position headed into spring ball in a few weeks.”

Meyer worked with both offensive coordinator Matt Simon and new QBs coach Alex Wood the at the University of Buffalo. Meyer spent the past five seasons with the Bulls, where he was served on the offensive staff in various capacities, including player development, wide receivers and offensive quality control.

The Hens take to the field for the first time this spring on March 13.

 

 

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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