Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hafley joins Rutgers coaching staff

Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced today that Jeff Hafley has joined the Rutgers coaching staff as an assistant coach.

“Jeff is a great addition to our program”, said Schiano. “He is a Jersey guy who knows what we are all about. We welcome Jeff and his wife Gina to our family.”

Hafley, a native of Montvale, N.J., spent five years at the University of Pittsburgh, including the previous three seasons as Pitt’s secondary coach.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with a great group of coaches and student-athletes in my home state,” stated Hafley. “Words can’t describe my excitement level to return home, and start coaching ‘On the Banks’.”

Over the last two seasons, Hafley coached four players that earned All-BIG EAST accolades and has built a strong reputation as an excellent recruiter.

Prior to Pitt, Hafley served at the University of Albany for four seasons (2002-05), including his final two as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. In his initial two years Hafley was a graduate assistant who coached Albany's defensive tackles and outside linebackers.

Hafley coached the running backs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2001. In addition, he also worked significantly with WPI's special teams and coached the kickers.

Hafley was a four-year wide receiver at Siena College from 1997-2000. He began his coaching career at his alma mater while recovering from three separate surgeries that kept him off the field. Hafley is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Siena with a bachelor's degree in history. He earned his master's from Albany in 2003.

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