After a one-year hiatus with the Kansas City Chiefs, Ari Confesor is back in Rhode Island. Confessor previously spent three years on Rhody’s staff as the wide receivers coach beginning in 2009, but spent last year in the scouting department of the Chiefs. But he’s back in Kingston, and will take on a new role as the linebackers coach. Confesor will also work as a recruiting coordinator for the Rams.
It may not seem like it, but this is huge news for Joe Trainer and URI football. Why? Well Confesor was the receivers coach when Brandon Johnson-Farrell was at Rhody, and that turned out pretty well. From GoRhody.com:
In 2011, Confesor coached a wide receiving corps that accounted for 82 percent of the Rhode Island receiving yardage. Confesor’s group included senior Anthony Baskerville and junior Brandon Johnson-Farrell, who combined for 90 catches, 1,298 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. Baskerville earned Division I FCS All-New England Football Team honors from the New England Football Writers Association, and also was named to the All-CAA second team. He led the league in yards per reception (15.9).
Not too bad, huh? And with the new blood the Rams have coming in on defense, the veteran coach will look to make an immediate impact to try and improve a linebacking core that struggled for most of last season. We’re about a month and a half away from football season, kids. It can’t come soon enough.