LOGAN — With the 2020-21 college football season drawing ever closer — barring a COVID-19-spurred cancelation or postponement — Utah State has finalized its coaching staff.
The Aggies announced the addition of Roc Bellantoni on Thursday. Bellantoni will serve as USU’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, taking over roles held by co-defensive coordinators Frank Maile and Stacy Collins last season.
“We want to continually progress the young men in our football program both on the field and off the field, so we made some decisions. They’re great decisions. They’re well-thought out.” — Utah State coach Gary Andersen
Bellantoni comes to Logan with a wealth of experience gleaned over the course of a 27-year coaching career. He got his start at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County, New York, before eventually making stops at Eastern Illinois, Villanova, Florida Atlantic, Buffalo and, most recently, Washington State.
This past season in Pullman, Bellantoni served as the Cougars’ interim defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, helping WSU to an appearance in the Cheez-It Bowl.
Over the course of his career, he has been an associate head coach, defense coordinator, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and director of player personnel, in addition to coaching linebackers and defensive lines on multiple occasions.
Notable players tutored by Bellantoni include 2018 First-Team All-Mid American Conference selection Chuck Harris; Trey Hendrickson, who is currently a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints; as well as AllColonial Athletic Association defensive linemen Rakim Cox and Antoine Lewis.
Bellantoni has reached the FCS playoffs seven times in his coaching career, in addition to two recent FBS bowl appearances (Buffalo, 2018, Washington State, 2019). He has mentored 16 players who’ve played professionally, including three NFL draft picks.
A former collegiate athlete himself — he was a defensive tackle at Massachusetts in 1988 and at Iona from 1990-1992 — Bellantoni holds a degree in business administration management from Iona.
He is only the latest addition to the Aggies coaching staff. Earlier this year, USU welcomed Bodie Reeder as offensive coordinator and Dave Schramm as running backs coach. Utah State also shuffled responsibilities across the staff, changes made with an eye on the continued growth and improvement of the program.
“We talked after the season on dissecting ourselves, starting with myself, and doing everything we can to move in the right direction,” Utah State coach Gary Andersen said this past winter. “We want to continually progress the young men in our football program both on the field and off the field, so we made some decisions. They’re great decisions. They’re well-thought out.”
The latest of which brings Bellantoni to Utah State.