PISCATAWAY, NJ – Cary Godette has been named defensive line coach and Robert Jackson has been named running backs coach for the Rutgers University football team, it was announced today by head coach Greg Schiano.
Both Godette and Jackson come to Rutgers with a wide range of coaching experience. Godette has coached in the NFL for six seasons, and has also coached in five bowl games in 21 years on the collegiate level. Jackson most recently served as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Illinois for the last four seasons (2001-04), where he played an integral role in the Illini’s offensive success.
“Cary and Robert are excellent coaches who bring a passion for the game, and a passion for working with young people, to our program,” said Schiano. “We are excited to have two individuals with such outstanding credentials join our staff.”
Schiano also announced that assistant head coach Darren Rizzi will take over as linebackers coach after serving for three seasons as running backs coach. Assistant coach Phil Galiano, who coached the linebackers in 2004, will coach defensive ends in 2005. Schiano will take over as defensive coordinator for the Scarlet Knights in 2005.
Godette has been an NFL assistant coach for six years, most recently serving as assistant defensive line coach with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003. Godette’s first NFL assignment was with the Carolina Panthers as defensive line coach in 1995. He was also with the Miami Dolphins from 1996–99. Godette also participated in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program with the Dallas Cowboys during their 1992 training camp.
Godette has also coached in the collegiate ranks for 21 years. Godette has coached in five college bowl games, the 2002 Tangerine, 2000 Micronpc.com, and 1994 Peach Bowl with N.C. State, and the 1991 Peach and 1987 Independence Bowl with East Carolina.
A standout on the defensive line at East Carolina, Godette earned All-Southern Conference and All-America (HM) recognition in 1976 and appeared in the American Bowl all-star game. He was the Pirates “Defensive Player of the Year” in 1975 and 1976, and still holds the school record for tackles for loss by a junior with 18 (set in 1975).
Godette began his coaching career at his alma mater the following year as defensive line coach. He then went to Wyoming, first as defensive line coach (1980) and then as linebackers coach (1981-82). In 1983, Godette began a six-year stint at the University of Cincinnati where he coached the Bearcats’ defensive ends (1983), outside linebackers (1984), tight ends (1985–86), and defensive line (1987–88) in addition to recruiting and game operations responsibilities. After one season as an assistant at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, N.C. in 1989, Godette returned to the college coaching ranks, beginning with two seasons at East Carolina (1990–91) and Georgia Tech (1992–93), and another at North Carolina State (1994), before moving on to the NFL.
After five years in the NFL with the Panthers and Dolphins, Godette returned to the college ranks for two seasons at North Carolina State before spending the 2002 campaign at Western Carolina as assistant head coach and defensive line coach.
Jackson was named wide receivers coach at Illinois in 1999, and served in that capacity for two years before adding responsibilities of recruiting coordinator for his final four seasons. Four of Jackson’s standout receivers, Brandon Lloyd (San Francisco 49ers), Walter Young (Pittsburgh Steelers), Aaron Moorhead (Indianapolis Colts) and Greg Lewis (Philadelphia Eagles) recently completed their second seasons in the NFL. Under Jackon’s tutelage, that quartet helped account for 57 TDs and 7,714 yards through the air. In Jackson’s six years, Illini wide receivers gained over 2,000 yards through the air five times, and Lloyd and Young each earned All-Big Ten honors.
Prior to his term at Illinois, Jackson was a member of the Oregon State staff for seven years, serving as wide receivers coach (1992-97), and adding responsibilities as Assistant Head Coach in 1996-97. Jackson was also a successful coach on the scholastic level, at Thornwood High School, serving as an assistant coach and head coach, as well as baseball coach, from 1974-86.
Jackson’s first assignment in the collegiate ranks was at his alma mater, Northern Illinois, in 1986. In five seasons with the Huskies, they ranked among the nation’s top offensive squads, and posted a 9-2 record in 1989.