According to Pete Thamel, the Eagles are adding another piece to their defensive coaching staff. Former Jacksonville State Tight Ends and Receivers Coach Mike DiAngelo will join the team as a defensive quality control position.
Eagles hire Mike DiAngelo
Before his time with the Gamecocks, DiAngelo held a similar role with the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. He also spent time with Illinois and Ole Miss as a quarterbacks analyst. In total, he brings 16 years of D1 and D2 collegiate coaching experience to the staff, holding roles on both sides of the football. Most recently, in 2022, he helped Jacksonville State lead the ASUN in scoring and pass yards per completion on their way to winning the Conference Title.
Despite his impressive resume as an offensive mind, the Eagles are likely adding DiAngelo to draw upon his time with Arizona, where he coached the defensive backs and safeties. Seemingly specializing in his ability to manufacture turnovers, during his tenure in Tucson the Wildcats ranked top 20 in forced fumbles or interceptions on three separate occasions. From 2014-2016, three Arizona defensive backs were drafted – including former Eagle Will Parks.
A good fit for the Eagles coaching staff
A former quarterback, DiAngelo will provide a unique perspective to the defensive staff which has historically added analysts that specialize in both sides of the football. In what assumedly will be an innovative defense featuring a long list of coverages and fronts, the Eagles also continue their trend of adding collegiate coaching talent to Sean Desai’s staff.