The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Delaware’s Rapone to join Cardinals’ staff


Nick Rapone (Photo: Delaware Athletics)

Nick Rapone (Photo: Delaware Athletics)

Delaware defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Nick Rapone will join Bruce Arians‘ Arizona Cardinals staff as secondary coach. Arians and Rapone met when both played for Virginia Tech University in 1974, and Rapone served on Arians’ staff at Temple from 1983-88.

Rapone arrived at Delaware in 2006 and was part of two NCAA FCS national championship runner-up squads there. The 2010 defense led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 points per game), ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 ypg), and was No. 12 in rushing defense (105.3 ypg).

Rapone coached defensive backs at Pittsburgh from 1989-92 and was head coach of New Castle (Pa.) High (his high school alma mater) in 1993-94. He coached the secondary at UConn from 1995-98 and again at Temple from 1999-2005.

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