PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced the hiring of Fred Mariani as Director of Football Recruiting Operations for the Scarlet Knights. Mariani comes to Rutgers after 11 seasons as the head football coach at Iona College.
“We are excited to have Fred joining our family,” said Schiano. “Fred brings a wealth of experience to this position and will surely help us achieve our championship goals.”
During his tenure as head coach of the Gaels, Mariani guided the program to 46 victories; including a 7-4 record and a share of the MAAC Football League Championship in 2007. The seven victories were a season-high under Mariani and the most for Iona since the school won nine games in 1993.
“To me, this is a dream come true,” said Mariani. “This is such an exciting opportunity since I am a Jersey guy and Rutgers is our State University. I have great respect for the coaching staff here at Rutgers and I consider Greg Schiano to be one of the top coaches in the nation.”
Prior to accepting his first head coaching position at Iona, Mariani served as the Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator at Fordham University from 1994-97.
Mariani spent six seasons as the Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Lehigh University before his stint at Fordham.
Mariani's first Division I-AA coaching position came at Morehead State University, where he was named the Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator.
After a successful playing career at St. Joseph's College in Collegeville, Ind., Mariani joined the coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1974.
Mariani began his football career as an offensive lineman at Don Bosco Prep. As a three-year letterman, Mariani helped guide Don Bosco to two-straight New Jersey State championships (1969-1970).
Mariani resides in Saddle River, N.J. His daughter, Brook, is a graduate of Iona.