Meet the coaches: FAU

Posted: September 9, 2013 in Football

The Bulls return home to face a coaching staff that is led by the younger brother of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, Carl Pelini.  Both teams are struggling early in the year, so it will be interesting to see which staff can prep their team for this game.

Head Coach Carl Pelini

As mentioned, Carl is the little brother of Bo and bring a lot of knowledge on defense.  He took over last season and finished with a 3-9 record.  In 2011, he was the defensive coordinator for Nebraska and from 2008 to 2010, he was the defensive coordinator, assistant coach, and defensive line coach for the Corn Huskers, learning a lot about stout defense.  From 2005 to 2007, he was the assistant coach and defensive line coach for Ohio.  Pelini has a lot of experience and focuses a lot of the play of both lines and playing sound football.  Pelini saw his team improve +35 in the turnover department and commit fewer penalties, cleaning up on both sides of the ball and setting a solid foundation to lead the team.

Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis

Coach Rekstis enters his second season as the DC for the Owls and brings a 4-3 set defense to the table.  In 2011, he was the defensive coordinator for Miami University and held the same job at Kent State from 2004 to 2010.  He has a lot of experience and puts a lot of emphasis on the secondary and flying to the ball.  Last year, his pass defense ranked 27th in the country, locking down the passing game.  USF will have to attack on the ground and control the clock because passing against Rekstis won’t be that easy.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright

Wright enters his second season after coaching from 2009 to 2011 as the OC for Montana State and what a system he brings.  Wright brings a big time up-temp offensive system that wants to get up to the line and snap it fast, attacking in the spread system through the air and ground.  The faster the better for Coach Wright.  Before Montana State, he was the OC for Youngstown State from 2005 to 2009.  Look for his system to use three wide receivers for most of their base sets and to through it all over the place.  For the young USF secondary, be ready.


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