NEWARK, Del.— Andy Marino, who spent the last two seasons on the University of Delaware football coaching staff as a graduate assistant, has been named full-time tight ends and tackles coach, head coach K.C. Keeler has announced.
Marino, a native of Feasterville, Pa., takes over the tight ends coaching position following the departure of David Boler, who spent the previous two seasons at Delaware before taking an assistant coaching position at Rhode Island earlier this summer. Marino will work closely with Delaware offensive line coach and run game coordinator Gregg Perry.
"We have always been impressed with Andy," said Keeler. "He is a hard worker who knows the game. He has worked his way up from the graduate assistant ranks and we are excited to have him take over coaching our tight ends and tackles."
In addition to his coaching role, Marino will also serve as Delaware's pro liaison with National Football League scouts and coordinate Delaware' successful walk-on program. His recruiting areas will include most of the state of Maryland (Baltimore City; Baltimore, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Harford, and Kent counties) and New England.
Marino, 25, earned his degree in history from Lycoming College (Williamsport, Pa.) in 2009 and will have his master's degree in high education administration conferred next month.
"I was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to interview for the job and thankful that the administration and coaching staff felt comfortable with me representing the University of Delaware," Marino said. "Delaware is a place you want to be. Academically, it is one of the top institutions on the East Coast. Socially, it is great place to go to school. As for football, the expectations are high and it is an important part of the University."
A standout player at NCAA Division III Lycoming, Marino came to Delaware prior to the 2010 season as a graduate assistant and played an integral role in his first season as Delaware posted a record of 12-3, captured a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title, and advanced to the NCAA Division I national championship game. His duties as a graduate assistant at Delaware included assisting the offensive staff on gameday and with practice preparation, film breakdown, and summer camps.
While at Lycoming, Marino was a Dean's List student and excelled for the football team as an offensive lineman, starting for three seasons and serving as team co-captain as both a junior and senior. He led the squad to the 2008 Middle Atlantic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament and earned the team's Lee Calistri Award for leadership, determination, dedication, and personal sacrifice for the benefit of the team.
He began his coaching career at Whitehall (Pa.) High School in 2009 and helped lead the team to a 7-5 overall record and an Eastern Conference championship.