KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island head football coach Joe Trainer announced the additions of David Boler and Steve Canter to his coaching staff Thursday.
Boler, who will be the wide receivers coach, comes to the Rams from fellow CAA school Delaware. He coached the tight ends during his two seasons with the Blue Hens.
Canter will take over as the quarterbacks coach, taking on the same position he held for the last two seasons at Norfolk State.
"I am extremely excited to add Steve and David to our staff," Trainer said. "Both of these guys are outstanding communicators. Coaching is teaching, and teaching is the ability to inspire learning. Steve and David bring these traits to our staff."
Boler and Canter both are very familiar with CAA football. Boler was part of the Delaware coaching staff that posted a 12-3 record, a share of the conference title and a trip to the NCAA national title game. He coached All-CAA tight end Colin Naugle and CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic selection Zack Reed.
He was also enjoyed a stellar three-year career at Delaware, leading it to the 2003 national title and a 15-1 record. During that championship run, Boler had 60 catches for 716 yards and nine touchdowns. The following season, he had 65 receptions for 903 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Blue Hens back to the NCAA playoffs. He ranks among the top five in school history in receiving yards (4th, 2,108), receptions (5th, 152) and touchdown catches (5th, 15).
"My goal here is to build on the experience that these players already have," Boler said. "I played the position and will instill the knowledge I have gained through both my playing and coaching careers. I am excited about the foundation already in place here, which will make the transition less challenging."
"The main things we want from the quarterback position are to be efficient and take care of the football," Canter said. "When you do that, you will win a lot of football games."
Canter, who played fullback and special teams at Virginia Tech, also spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the Hokies. In 2009, he coached the rovers and whip linebackers, including All-American and 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft pick Cody Grimm. In 2004, he assisted coach Kevin Rogers with quarterback development. As a Virginia native, he has followed CAA football closely and interacted regularly with coaches from several conference schools.