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Rapone to coach UD defensive secondary

Nick Rapone
10:13 a.m., Feb. 3, 2006--Nick Rapone, a veteran of 27 seasons as a football coach, including 25 as an NCAA Division I assistant, has been hired as the defensive secondary coach for the University of Delaware football program.

Rapone, 49, who served the last seven years as defensive backs coach and kickoff coverage coach at Temple University, replaces Isaac Collins, who served just one season at UD before taking the position of defensive coordinator at The Citadel. Rapone will direct a Fightin’ Blue Hens defensive secondary that returns 11 letter winners, including eight with starting experience.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Nick join our staff,” UD Head Coach K.C. Keeler said. “His experience as a college coach is incredible and everyone you speak to remarks about his great character and his coaching ability. We’re getting a great person and a great coach.”

A native of New Castle, Pa., Rapone was a four-year letter winner at Virginia Tech, from which he received a bachelor’s degree in 1979.

He began an extensive coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 and has also served at East Tennessee State, Temple and Connecticut.

He joined Bobby Wallace’s staff at Temple in 1999 and served as secondary coach for the past seven seasons. Temple was one of only eight teams in the nation to rank in the top 20 in total defense in both 2001 and 2002.

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