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Scarlet Knights Recruiting Staff
Director of Recruiting Operations

Tariq Ahmad is in his third season as Director of Football Recruiting Operations after previously serving as Director of Player Development. Ahmad arrived “On the Banks” in 2007 and is in his sixth season overall as a member of the Rutgers football coaching staff.

In his current position, Ahmad is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the recruiting department. Rutgers’ most recent recruiting class earned recognition as one of the best in school history. The 2012 group earned Top 25 billing from ESPN and Athlon, ranking 24th and 23rd, respectively.

During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Ahmad served in offensive player development, assisting with the offensive line. His responsibilities included the breakdown and analysis of offensive game film and contributing to the operations of practice preparation.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Ahmad worked as an offensive graduate assistant coach at his alma mater Ithaca College. While there, he instructed the running backs with game strategies and techniques. Ahmad began his collegiate coaching career at Ithaca in 2004 as a volunteer assistant coach with the offensive line.

Ahmad also worked as an assistant football coach at Lakewood High School in 2005, guiding the offensive and defensive lines. In addition, he was the head junior varsity basketball coach and assistant track and field coach, overseeing the field events.

A 2005 graduate of Ithaca College, Ahmad was a three-sport star in football, basketball and outdoor track. He was a two-time captain and two-time First Team All-ECAC selection on the gridiron, including earning All-American honors. Ahmad was also a state champion discus thrower on two occasions.


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