Jan. 21, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - George DeLeone, a 1970 University of Connecticut graduate and a veteran coach of 40 football seasons, has been named the offensive coordinator on the UConn staff under new head coach Paul Pasqualoni.
The New Haven, Conn., native has coached in 12 bowl games, including the Fiesta, Gator and Orange Bowl. He returns to the college ranks after serving as the tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins since 2008 as he helped lead the team to the AFC East championship in 2008.
DeLeone and Pasqualoni have a long coaching history together as they have been on the same staff, both professionally and collegiately, for 25 years. DeLeone was part of Pasqualoni's staff for 13 of the 14 years that Pasqualoni was the head coach at Syracuse (1991-2004). The only year that DeLeone was not on that staff was in 1997 when he was the offensive line coach for the San Diego Chargers.
DeLeone and Pasqualoni were both assistant coaches at Syracuse from 1987-90 and were together at Southern Connecticut from 1976-79 as DeLeone was the head coach and Pasqualoni was an assistant. They were on the same staff of the Dolphins in 2008-09.
"It is a tremendous honor to return to UConn," says DeLeone. "It is my school and I am excited to continue the development of the success that the program has enjoyed in recent years. It is also special to be working again with Coach Pasqualoni. He is a man of great values and standards. He treats student-athletes in a positive manner in terms of how that should compete and work. He wants student-athletes to get values out of football that they will have for the rest of their lives. I am in sync with him in what we believe in. We have had some good runs together and I hope to have that same type of success with him here at Connecticut."
Prior to joining the Dolphins, DeLeone was the offensive coordinator at Temple (2006-07) and the run game coordinator/offensive line coach in 2005.
"George is going to be an outstanding addition to our football coaching staff here at Connecticut," says Pasqualoni. "He brings an outstanding background and a high level of experience in Division I and professional football. George is one of the most highly respected coaches in the country on all levels of football. As we build our staff here, I think it is important to have people who have ties to the area and the University which George certainly has."
He originally joined the Syracuse staff in 1985 and was the offensive line coach for two seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator in 1987. Following his year with the Chargers, he returned to SU seven more seasons as the defensive coordinator in 1998 and the offensive coordinator from 1999-2004.
During his career at Syracuse, the Orange played in 12 bowl games, posting an 8-3-1 record. While working with the offensive line at SU, five of his players were drafted by the NFL and as offensive coordinator, five players were named first team All-American. Syracuse won three BIG EAST Championships during DeLeone's tenure there - 1996, 1998 and 2004.
He served as the offensive coordinator at Holy Cross in 1984 and was on the Rutgers staff from 1980-83, serving in a number of roles, including defensive coordinator from 1981-82.
DeLeone began his coaching career at Southern Connecticut as an assistant coach in 1970 and was the head coach of the Owls from 1970-75.
DeLeone graduated from UConn in 1970 with a degree in physical education and earned a master's degree in physical education from Southern Connecticut in 1971. He is a graduate of Fairfield Prep (Conn.) High School. Born on May 9, 1948, he is the father of two sons - Andy and Mark.
YEAR-BY-YEAR WITH George DeLeone
|1970||Southern Connecticut||Offensive Line Coach||Eastern Football Conference Champions|
|1971||Southern Connecticut||Offensive Line Coach|
|1972||Southern Connecticut||Offensive Line Coach|
|1973||Southern Connecticut||Offensive Line Coach|
|1974||Southern Connecticut||Offensive Line Coach|
|1975||Southern Connecticut||Offensive Line Coach|
|1976||Southern Connecticut||Head Coach|
|1977||Southern Connecticut||Head Coach|
|1978||Southern Connecticut||Head Coach|
|1979||Southern Connecticut||Head Coach|
|1980||Rutgers||Defensive Line Coach|
|1983||Rutgers||Offensive Line/Special Teams Coach|
|1984||Holy Cross||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line|
|1985||Syracuse||Offensive Line Coach||Cherry Bowl|
|1986||Syracuse||Offensive Line Coach|
|1987||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Sugar Bowl (Tie)|
|1988||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Hall of Fame Bowl Champions|
|1989||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Peach Bowl Champions|
|1990||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Aloha Bowl Champions|
|1991||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Hall of Fame Bowl Champions|
|1992||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Fiesta Bowl Champions|
|1993||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line|
|1994||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line|
|1995||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Gator Bowl Champions|
|1996||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Liberty Bowl Champions|
|1997||San Diego Chargers||Offensive Line Coach|
|1998||Syracuse||Defensive Coordinator/LBs||Orange Bowl|
|1999||Syracuse||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line||Music City Bowl Champions|
|2001||Syracuse||Asst. Head Coach/OC/Off. Line||Insight Bowl Champions|
|2002||Syracuse||Asst. Head Coach/OC/Off. Line|
|2003||Syracuse||Asst. Head Coach/OC/Off. Line|
|2004||Syracuse||Asst. Head Coach/OC/Off. Line||Champs Sports Bowl|
|2005||Mississippi||Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator|
|2007||Temple||Offensive Coordinator/Off. Line|
|2008||Miami Dolphins||Tight Ends Coach AFC East Champions|
|2009||Miami Dolphins||Tight Ends Coach|
|2010||Miami Dolphins||Tight Ends Coach|