Utah State is the latest football program to make a late-offseason addition to its coaching staff. Or an early-fall addition. Whichever verbiage you prefer.
That being said, Utah State announced this week that Roc Bellantoni has been added to Gary Andersen‘s Utah State football staff. Bellantoni will serve not only as the special teams coordinator for the Aggies but as tight ends coach as well.
Bellantoni spent the 2019 season at Washington State. After Tracy Claeys stepped down as defensive coordinator in October of last year, Bellantoni, the linebackers coach at the time, and cornerbacks coach Darcel McBath served as interim co-defensive coordinators for the rest of the season.
Bellantoni spent the two seasons prior to his time at Wazzu at Buffalo as defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator. In 2018, he also served as the Bulls’ special teams coordinator.
Prior to that, Bellantoni was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida Atlantic for three years. That marked Bellantoni’s first job at the FBS level.
All told, Bellantoni has spent 25 seasons as an assistant at the collegiate level. The Iona graduate also spent time on coaching staffs at Villanova, Eastern Illinois and Drake. At Villanova, Bellantoni was special teams coordinator as well as defensive line coach.