John F. Silver
DeLeone will move to the title of associate head coach and work with the offensive line, much as he did a year ago.
The Hartford Courant was the first to report DeLeone’s move.
A job posting was listed on the UConn website looking for an offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach and it isn’t a secret that DeLeone, a long-time coordinator with Pasqualon at Syracusei, could be moved after the Huskies ranked near the bottom of the FBS in all offensive football categories. The Huskies are also in need of a defensive coordinator, a running backs coach and may lose another coach as secondary coach Darrell Perkins is reportedly in the mix for the head coaching job at Charleston Southern.
The Huskies have yet to officially hire an offensive coordinator, but that seems imminent as Cincinnati coach T.J Weist, who coached the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl win over Duke, has been tied to the job in recent weeks.
In a statement released by the school, DeLeone confirmed the move:
“I continue to be excited about the direction of our offense and I look forward to continue to work with the offensive line – a position group that I have been passionate about my entire coaching career,” DeLeone said in the statement. “The new role of Associate Head Coach is a new part of my job that I am eager to take on.”