NEW BRITAIN — Central Connecticut State is looking for a new head football coach.
Pete Rossomando, the Blue Devils head coach for the past five seasons, accepted an offer to become the offensive line coach at Rutgers Monday night. A “leap of faith” and “done deal” he told The Herald Tuesday.
“[Rutgers head coach] Chris Ash and I have some mutual friends and I was recommended to him and he reached to me last week and asked if I was interested and I said yes,” Rossomando said. “Got a call on Friday and asked if I wanted to come in for an interview Saturday or Sunday and then after that they offered me the job. It was pretty quick.”
Rossomando also has connections to offensive coordinator John McNulty through Tony Sparano. McNulty and Sparano both worked together under Tom Coughlin with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys.
Rossomando replaces A.J. Blazek, who left Rutgers after three seasons earlier to become the offensive line coach at North Dakota State. With the Scarlet Knights, Rossomando will also be the run-game coordinator.
“I was introduced to the team and I’m excited to get started,” Rossomando said. “Obviously, it’s a Big 10 school, it an up-an-coming program with a great coaching staff and a lot of young talent. You can only go up from where we are [at the FCS level]. I really like the head coach [at Rutgers] and felt this is my kind of guy and a guy I can work for.”
He’ll get started quickly, hitting the recruiting trail Thursday.
As for Rossomando’s replacement and whether the new head coach could come from those already on staff, the now former coach didn’t believe it was his place to comment.
“I think Brian [Barrio] is going to be an exceptional athletic director and I’m going to let him do his thing,” Rossomando said. “I think all 11 guys there could be head coaches.”
Rossomando leaves CCSU with a 23-34 record, but was 14-9 over the past two seasons. During his tenure, the Blue Devils won the program’s first NEC title since 2010 and played in its first ever FCS playoff game in 2017. That was also the season that snapped a string of six consecutive losing seasons.
Prior to coaching at CCSU, Rossomando was the head coach at the University of New Haven where he took over a program that had been dormant for five seasons. With the Chargers, he collected a 42-13 record and reached the Division II playoffs twice.
He also felt the timing was right to make the move.
“I’m blessed to have a great wife and kids and they agreed with the decision,” Rossomando said. “You have things you have to worry about like moving kids out of school and things like that and as much as we love our guys at Central, it was the right time. You’re always going to miss the people you work with and so many of those you people [CCSU] are responsible for where I am and we had a great coaching staff. It was 12 guys in sync and we really liked each other and that’s hard to do in football.”
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