PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 13, 2012) – Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood has announced the addition of six members to his coaching staff. Joining Flood’s first staff is Dave Brock (offensive coordinator/wide receivers), Dave Cohen (linebackers), Darnell Dinkins (tight ends), Ben Sirmans (running backs), Rob Spence (quarterbacks) and Damian Wroblewski (offensive line).
In addition to the six new coaches, Robb Smith has been promoted to defensive coordinator, Phil Galiano has been promoted to special teams coordinator and Jeremy Cole has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach.
A New Jersey native with over 20 years of coaching experience, Brock comes to Piscataway after a three-year stint at Boston College, including serving as interim offensive coordinator for the majority of the 2011 season. Brock reunites with Flood after the two served on the same coaching staff at Hofstra from 1997-2001. A native of Moorestown, N.J., Brock's 21-year coaching career includes stops at North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Salisbury State and Western Connecticut State. He has been an offensive coordinator for six seasons and has coached a plethora of current NFL standouts including Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers) and Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints).
A former head coach at Hofstra for four seasons, Cohen returns to the East Coast after a successful two-year stint as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Western Michigan. Cohen and Flood coached together at Delaware from 2002-05 as the Blue Hens won the 2003 National Championship at the Football Championship Subdivision level. In 2011, Western Michigan’s defense boasted its fifth MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Phil Steele All-American Drew Nowak. Cohen’s defensive unit was 10th nationally in turnovers gained in 2011 with 31, sixth nationally in red zone defense and first in the nation in fourth down defense.
Dinkins enters his first year as tight ends coach at Rutgers. After playing for eight seasons with four different organizations in the NFL, the Pittsburgh native joins Flood’s coaching staff after spending the 2010 season as assistant tight ends coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dinkins won a Super Bowl ring in 2009 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. His professional playing career began in 2002 after the New York Giants signed him as a free agent.
A native of East Orange, Sirmans returns to the Garden State as running backs coach for the Scarlet Knights. Sirmans spent the previous five seasons as running backs coach at Boston College. At Boston College, Sirmans mentored the school’s all-time leading rusher Montel Harris. In 2011, Harris became BC’s career rushing leader and was the 2011 ACC Preseason Player of the Year before a knee injury ended his season prematurely. Sirmans tutored Harris to first-team All-ACC honors in 2010. The all-league running back rushed for 1,243 yards on 269 carries (4.6 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.
Spence, a native of Pelham, N.Y., begins his first season as quarterbacks coach at Rutgers. A 23-year collegiate coaching veteran, Spence has a wealth of experience under his belt, including serving as an offensive coordinator for 16 seasons. Among the schools he served as offensive coordinator at include Clemson, Toledo, Louisiana Tech and Syracuse. Flood was the first player Spence recruited at Iona in 1989 and the two coached together at Hofstra from 1997-99.
Wroblewski (row-blew-ski) begins his first season as offensive line coach at Rutgers. Wroblewski comes to Rutgers after a five-year stint at the University of Delaware in the same capacity, along with serving as the Blue Hens assistant head coach since the 2008 season. Wroblewski was the Blue Hens recruiting coordinator in addition to serving as the team’s run game coordinator. He has a similar coaching path as Flood as both coached the offensive line at Hofstra and Delaware during their careers.