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Schiano Adds 4 to Rutgers FB Staff

December 7, 2000

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) _ New Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano hired the first four members of his staff Wednesday, including three with roots in New Jersey.

Selected by Schiano, who became the 28th head coach at Rutgers on Dec. 1, were Bill Cubit as offensive coordinator, Mike Miello as recruiting coordinator/running backs coach, and Tony Pierce and Mark D’Onofrio as defensive assistants.

``I’m excited to have the type of quality that these four individuals bring to our program,″ Schiano said. ``They have all enjoyed outstanding careers in football, both as coaches and players, and are determined to see the Rutgers program achieve new heights.

``All four have extensive ties to the Northeast, and three are from New Jersey. They have tremendous energy and are ready to meet the challenge we face head on.″

Cubit was offensive coordinator for one season at Missouri after spending three seasons at Western Michigan. Before those stints, Cubit was head coach at Widener University in Pennsylvania, where he compiled a 34-18-1 record in five seasons.

Miello was a high school coach for a total of 27 seasons at Ramapo and Hackensack. He posted a 178-89-3 record, including five New Jersey state championships and numerous league titles.

Pierce is an East Orange native and a former assistant at West Virginia and Pittsburgh. He was the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Wake Forest in 2000. He began his coaching career in his hometown serving as quarterbacks coach (1983-85) and head coach/offensive coordinator (1987-89) at East Orange High School.

D’Onofrio was the 1986 New Jersey High School ``Defensive Player of the Year″ at North Bergen High School and is a former Penn State All-American linebacker.

D’Onofrio spent the 2000 season as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Georgia. In 1999, he coached the linebackers at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. D’Onofrio played with the Green Bay Packers from 1992-94.

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