NCAA football: Mora announces four additions to UConn football coaching staff


STORRS, Connecticut – UConn head coach Jim Mora has finalized the addition of four members to his squad, as announced on Sunday. John Allen, EJ Barthel, Siriki Diabate and John Marinelli have joined the UConn football program pending the successful completion of the university employee onboarding process.

Allen will join the coaching staff as wide receivers coach / passing play coordinator, Barthel is the new Huskies running back coach, Diabate has been named linebacker coach and Marinelli is joining the program as the Huskies coach. tight ends.

Mora also announced that the 2021 coaching staff will not be selected.

John allen
Wide receivers | Passing game coordinator

Allen spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons coaching head coach Skip Holtz’s outside receivers at Louisiana Tech.

“Finding a coach with more experience than John Allen would be a difficult task, and I am delighted that he is joining the UConn football family,” said Mora. “John is a great recruiter who knows the commitment it takes to be successful at this level. John’s knowledge of the game and his strong coaching skills will have an immediate impact on the young men in our program and I know he will jump right in.

In 2021, La. Tech’s outside receivers, led by C-USA Freshman of the Year candidate Tre Harris, amassed more than 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In the 2020 season, La. Tech wide Adrian Hardy caught 33 passes for 440 yards and Allen helped the Bulldogs total 2,166 receiving yards in 10 games.

Prior to his time at Ruston, Allen spent two seasons coaching wide receivers at Old Dominion.

“I want to thank Coach Mora for this incredible opportunity to join the Husky family,” said Allen. “I can’t wait to join this wonderful community. “

In 2018, ODU wide receivers Jonathan Duhart and Travis Fulgham became the first two receivers to register 1,000 receiving yards in the same season in program history. Fulgham led C-USA in yards per game with 90.2, while Duhart was third in the league with 87.1 yards per game.

Duhart was second in the league in receptions at 74, while Fulgham was ninth at 63, and the two have found the end zone nine times. Isaiah Harper also recorded 55 catches in 2018, marking the second time in school history that three receivers totaled at least 55 receptions.

All three players, Duhart, Fulgham and Harper played in all-star playoff games. Fulgham joined defensive end Oshane Ximines as the first ODU players to play in Reese’s Senior Bowl, Duhart played in the East-West Shrine Game and Harper played in the Spiral Tropical Bowl.

Prior to his time at Norfolk, Allen spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at Delaware State and his 2016 team recorded their best league ranking in attacking in eight years.

Prior to joining the State of Delaware, Allen was Head Coach of Division II Lock Haven (PA) for four seasons. He helped the Bald Eagles end a 52-game losing streak, the longest in Division II, and in 2013 led the team to their most winning streak in 10 years.

Before accepting the head coach job at Lock Haven, Allen spent four years as a player development coordinator at nearby Penn State, and was in NFL Europe for four years, three as a offensive coordinator of the Amsterdam Admirals and one as head coach of the Berlin Thunder.

Allen began his coaching career at Lock Haven, holding various positions for eight years. He has spent time coaching wide receivers, quarterbacks and as an offensive coordinator. He has also been a defensive backs coach, special teams coach and recruiting coordinator.

He also spent a season coaching wide receivers at Bucknell.

Allen was the starter for three years as wide receiver and captain of James Madison’s team, where he played from 1991 to 1994.

EJ Barthel
Running back coach

EJ Barthel, who competed on the grill for Rutgers and UMass, and spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Carolina Panthers, joins Jim Mora’s staff as running backs coach.

“EJ has battled many injuries during his career as a student athlete, and the success he has achieved over the past seven years as a coach is proof of his high character,” said Mora said. “EJ will be a great role model and teacher for our student-athletes and is a relentless recruiter. I am delighted to welcome EJ to the UConn football family.

While in Carolina, Barthel specifically helped coach the running backs and the offensive line, while spending time in the professional personnel department.

Prior to his stint with the Panthers, Barthel served as the recruiting coordinator / running backs coach for William & Mary during the 2019 season and coached running backs at Howard in 2018 and Albany in 2017.

Barthel had an immediate impact on the running game during his time at William & Mary as the team’s rushing yards fell from 827 in 2018 to 1,950 in 2019. Yards per carry fell from 3.03 at 4.65, and William and Mary ran for 18 TD in 2019, after rushing for just three in 2018.

“I am extremely excited to join the Husky community and it is an exceptional tradition of developing successful student-athletes on and off the field,” said Barthel. “I have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the best coaches in the business and am delighted to continue here at UConn. Coach Mora’s reputation in football is well established; I am honored to work and grow under his leadership as a member of the Husky family. ”

During Barthel’s time with the Bison in 2018, Howard led the MEAC in rushing yards per game (192.8) and he developed first-year running back Dedrick Parsons into the league’s Rookie of the Year. .

In 2016, Barthel was on staff at Penn State as a recruiting coordinator and came to Temple State College, where he was director of player personnel during the 2015 season. Barthel comes to the Huskies as a proven recruiter, because he helped PSU sign the fifth highest rated recruiting class in the country.

Siriki Diabate
Linebacker Coach

Diabate comes to Storrs after spending the past five seasons as a linebacker coach at Middle Tennessee.

Since joining Middle Tennessee in 2017, Diabate has coached two bowl games and helped DQ linebacker Thomas become a player who ranks fourth in school history for sacks and second for tackles for. loss. Diabate also coached All-CUSA second-team player Khalil Brooks and Camellia Bowl MVP Darius Harris.

“Siriki is an exceptional coach who has an exceptional track record in developing student-athletes into great college players,” said Mora. “He’s a tireless recruiter who understands first-hand the challenges student-athletes face, and I know our young men will benefit greatly from his mentorship. “

Prior to his time at Murfreesboro, Diabate spent the 2017 season as a defensive analyst, focusing on high school, and coached Securities at Colgate from 2015 to 2016. A native of the Bronx, Diabate helped Colgate win the Championship of the 2015 Patriot League thanks to the best ground defense in the country.

During the offseason, he participated in the NFL Minority Internship Program, spending time in training camps for the Buffalo Bill and Dallas Cowboys.

“I want to share my gratitude with Coach Mora for his confidence in me. I am grateful and appreciate this opportunity,” said Diabate. “I am delighted to start and to work alongside the University family. of Connecticut and actualizing this shared vision of success. I would be remiss if I did not thank Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill for giving me the platform to grow as a young coach, and Coach Scott Shafer for his unwavering conviction, loyalty and confidence. I also want to thank all the players and coaches who have helped me prepare for this opportunity. Without them none of this would be possible.

Prior to coming to Colgate, Diabate was a Graduate Assistant for Syracuse from 2013 to 2015.

Diabate received his BA in Economics in 2013 and his MA in 2015, from Syracuse University, where he competed on the grill from 2011 to 2013. While in Syracuse, the Orange won the 2012 BIG EAST Championship and he was selected as co-captain.

Jean Marinelli
Tight Ends Trainer

Marinelli, the son of legendary New Canaan High School football coach Lou Marinelli, comes to UConn after spending the 2021 season as a senior analyst at the University of Illinois where he worked with the coach- Chief Bret Bielema on special projects, including analysis and development of situational strategies.

“I am delighted to welcome John Marinelli to the UConn football family,” said Mora. “John has a deep connection to the state of Connecticut, and it’s imperative that we keep the best talent in our backyard right here in Nutmeg state. He’s a great coach and I know the young men of our program will benefit from his presence.

Prior to joining the Illini, Marinelli was an analyst at the University of Arizona for two seasons.

“I am delighted to join the UConn Football family under the leadership of Coach Mora,” said Marinelli. “Coach Mora is a proven head coach with extensive experience in both the NFL and college football, and I’m thrilled to be able to learn from him every day and help rebuild this program for him. “

Marinelli began his coaching career in high school, where he won several state titles in Connecticut. He was twice state champion, then assistant coach, under his father’s guidance in New Canaan before becoming head coach in Greenwich. Marinelli’s teams at Greenwich went 36-10 in four seasons, including a 13-0 season in 2018 that ended in a 34-0 win for the state title over New Canaan for the class championship. LL. After the season, he received the 2018 USA TODAY Connecticut Coach of the Year.

Marinelli began his college career at Fordham before moving to Trinity, Connecticut. He was a starter for three years and twice selected all conferences for Trinity, leading the team to a conference championship in 2008.

Marinelli and his wife Anna have a child, Luke, born in April 2021.


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