According to a tweet from Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans, it looks like Syracuse University football coach Dino Babers has completed his staff with the hiring of Reno Ferri as the new tight ends coach for the Orange. Ferri most recently served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Towson University.
Towson FBs & TEs coach & recruiting coord. Reno Ferri is new TEs coach for Syracuse coach Dino Babers per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansTLA) January 14, 2016
Ferri is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, which just lends even more credence to the idea that there’s really something in the water there to produce so many damn football coaches. Ferri played collegiately for Army, and was part of a team that cracked the top 25 and finished 10-2 in 1996, before graduating from West Point in 2000. He then served as a first lieutenant in the US Army from 2000 until 2002.
Ferri – who, sadly, is not related to former Syracuse player and Boston College nemesis Diamond Ferri – became a graduate assistant for Army before moving on to Akron, where he started out as a graduate assistant before becoming the Director of Football Operations in 2005. He then began coaching Akron’s running backs in 2007, before eventually moving on to Towson.
At Towson, Ferri coached, among others, current Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West to conference Rookie of the Year and All-Conference status. In his three seasons coaching Towson’s running backs, the team averaged 230 rushing yards per game, including 240 per game in 2013 when Towson went to the FCS title game.
He became the tight ends coach for the Tigers in 2014.
UPDATE: Ferri has already updated his Twitter profile to reflect his move to Syracuse. I’m thinking that’s a record setting time for an update.