Just in time for the recruiting quiet period to wrap up, the Syracuse Orange have completed the full-time football staff. Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reported the news late yesterday evening that Dino Babers will hire Towson tight ends & fullbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Reno Ferri. Ferri will coach tight ends at SU as well. Yes, we'll have a Dino AND a Reno.
So what's the scoop on Ferri? He's actually taken quite the interesting road to get here:
Ferri, an Ohio native, attended West Point from 1996-2000, playing running back for the Army Black Knights during his time there. After graduation, Ferri was a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2000, before serving as a first lieutenant in the Army from 2000-2002. He'd also spend time as an systems engineer in the Gulf of Mexico with BP.
He'd get back into coaching in 2004, serving as Akron's recruiting coordinator from 2005-2007. So those players that beat Syracuse in 2008 and still give you nightmares? Ferri's the guy that worked to get them in the door. He began coaching running backs at Towson in 2011, and transitioned to fullbacks and tight ends in 2014.
Obviously the current staff already has some Ohio chops from their time at Bowling Green, but Ferri's own background there helps to strengthen that focus area along with some knowledge with the DMV area as well from his time at Towson. With some potential targets for 2016 and 2017 from both regions, we'll see what type of impact Ferri has on those names right off the bat.
So here's your 2015 Syracuse Orange football coaching staff, barring any unforeseen changes:
Head Coach: Dino Babers
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach: Sean Lewis
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach: Mike Lynch
Defensive Coordinator: Brian Ward
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach: Kim McCLoud
Running Backs Coach: Mike Hart
Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach: Tom Kaufman
Secondary Coach: Nick Monroe
Defensive Line Coach: Vinson Reynolds
Just a few weeks left to lock up the 2016 class. Let's see what this staff can do.
UPDATE: As Syracuse.com pointed out, Ferri resigned from Akron after reports of a recruiting violation surfaced. No word on what those may have been, but worthwhile to note here.