DURHAM, N.H.-University of New Hampshire head football coach Sean McDonnell announced the names of five new assistant coaches that have joined the coaching staff in 2001.
One assistant coach is very familiar with UNH, as he returns for his second stint as a UNH staffer. Tony Trisciani, who served as the running backs coach at UNH from 1998-2000, has returned after serving as the offensive coordinator at Alfred University, where he coached both the quarterbacks and the running backs and handled all of the offensive play calling on game day. He also handled academic supervision of the players and the off-campus recruiting in New York and Pennsylvania. He saw to the special team's responsibilities and supervised the off-season strength and conditioning program. His new position with the Wildcat staff will be coaching the tight ends. Prior to his first coaching job in Durham, Trisciani was the defensive backs coach at Springfield College from 1996-98. An outstanding player at Springfield College, Trisciani graduated in 1996 with a degree in Rehabilitation Services and he is also presently earning his Masters in Education. As a player, he was a four-year starter and two-year captain, and was named team MVP and defensive MVP as a defensive back. He was also named to the 1995 ECAC and Freedom Football Conference first team for his efforts on the field. In 1994, he was named Springfield College's Athlete of the Year.
Handling the job of receiver's coach will be Richard Maresco, who comes to UNH from Butler University where he served as defensive coordinator, linebacker and defensive end coach, running back coach and quarterback and wide receiver coach from 1993-2001. A 1981 graduate of Wittenberg University in Ohio, he also earned his associates degree in recreation at SUNY-Farmingdale in May of 1979.
Working with the UNH outside linebackers will be Jeff McDonald, who comes to Durham from Quincy University in Illinois where he was the co-defensive and recruiting coordinator where he handled the linebacker and defensive line segments. He was also responsible for team travel and was the video coordinator. While at Quincy, he served as the defensive line coach, the linebacker coach, the defensive back coach and the offensive line coach from 1995-2001. A graduate of South Florida University in 1995, he earned his B.S. degree in Social Science Education. He also did some undgraduate work at Western Connecticut State and he did some graduate work at Quincy from 1999 to 2001.
Working with the defensive line in 2001 for the Wildcats will be Ted Stewart, who was a recruiting assistant at Hamilton College last year. He has also worked at several football camps, including camps at Fairfield, Dartmouth College, and Bishop Guertin High School. A 2001 graduate of Hamilton College, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. As a football player at Hamilton, he was captain of the squad in 2000 and was named All-NESCAC Conference at offensive guard as a senior. A four-year starter on the offensive line, he also played at center. Stewart is a 1997 graduate of Manchester Central High School where he was a four-year starter at offensive guard and at linebacker. He was named All-State in 1996-1997.
The running backs coach at UNH will be Scot Ruggles, who comes to Durham from Harvard University, where he was an intern for the football program. His duties with the Crimson included organizing film and scouting breakdowns. A 2000 graduate of the University of Lowell, Ruggles earned his B.S. degree in History/Legal Studies. An outstanding football player for the Riverhawks, he was a three-year starter at quarterback and captained the football team. He was also a three-sport athlete in football, baseball and hockey.