The new and improved Rhode Island Rams football coaching staff is coming together. According to several reports, Rhody will hire former Iowa State assistant Bill Bleil as the new offensive coordinator under head coach Jim Fleming. Bleil was also a tight ends coach for the Cyclones, who finished last season a disappointing 3-9. Football Scoop was the first to report the expected hiring via Twitter.
There’s been no official announcement from the University of Rhode Island as of yet, but the Des Moines Register has provided some additional details.
Bill Bleil, a member of Paul Rhoads’ first football staff since 2009, will become the new offensive coordinator at Rhode Island, Rhoads said Monday.
“I don’t know hiring-wise with Rhode Island, if it’s official yet, but yeah, Bill is moving on to become the offensive coordinator at Rhode Island,” Rhodes said.
A Remsen native, Bleil joined Rhoads’ staff in Ames as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2009. Prior to the 2013 season, Bleil moved from the offensive line to coach tight ends.
Both Bleil and Rhoads worked together at Pacific at Pittsburgh.
“He’ll do an outstanding job,” Rhoads said.
Despite Iowa State’s poor record this season, the job Bleil did for the Cyclones was notable. He churned out all-conference players, All Americans, and a few NFL players thanks to the work he did on ISU’s offensive line. This will obviously be a welcome sign to URI fans. And hey, any BCS coach is a big get simply due to the transfers that may come along for the ride. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated when this hire is officially announced. But in the meantime, let us know your thoughts on URI’s new offensive coordinator in the comments!