DURHAM, N.H.- Carnelius Cruz, formerly a coach and player at the University of Rhode Island, was recently named assistant football coach at the University of New Hampshire. He will be responsible for mentoring the running backs. The announcement was made today by third-year head football coach Sean McDonnell.

Cruz comes to UNH after working as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island since 1999. Last season, he was responsible for coaching the URI wide receivers, in addition to serving as the defensive scout team coordinator and as an assistant with the strength and conditioning program.

During the 1999 campaign, he was the tackles and tight ends assistant coach for the Rams.

As a student assistant coach for URI, Cruz handled the running back mentoring duties in 1998.

An outstanding football player for URI, Carnelius was a four-year starter and was named a team captain for the Rams. He graduated from the school in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in communications and he minored in psychology.

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