March 22, 2010

Rhody Football Announces Coaching Staff Changes

March 22, 2010


KINGSTON, R.I. - University of Rhode Island football head coach Joe Trainer announced the promotion of assistant coach Ari Confesor and the addition of former Northeastern assistant coach Rapheal Dowdye and former Trinity College student-athlete John Marinelli.

Confesor, who served as the Rams secondary assistant during the 2009 season has been promoted to wide receivers coach, while Dowdye will coach the linebackers and Marinelli replaces Confesor as the assistant secondary coach.

During the 2009 campaign, Confesor helped direct a secondary unit that produced 11 interceptions. The Rhode Island native returns to the offensive side of the ball where he experienced a tremendous amount of success as a student-athlete at Holy Cross. During his collegiate career, Confesor earned Second Team Sports Network All-America and First Team All-New England honors in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

In addition, Confesor was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior and finished his career with the most receiving yards in school history (2,352). He also owns school records for most receptions in a single season (90) and most receiving yards in a single season (1,213).

Dowdye comes to Rhode Island after he spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Northeastern. In 2009, Dowdye served as the running backs coach where he guided NU tailback John Griffin to First Team All-CAA honors. As a junior, Griffin finished the year with 1,009 yards.

Dowdye spent the 2008 season as the defensive coordinator and served as defensive backs coach from 2004-08. During his time on the defensive side of the ball, Dowdye worked closely with Nate Thellen, who developed into one of the best secondary players in the CAA Football as he earned third-team All-Conference honors and led the team in interceptions in 2008. In his time with Northeastern, Dowdye has helped produce three All-Conference players in the secondary.



Prior to his arrival at NU, Dowdye, 36, spent four seasons coaching at Brown, two as the cornerbacks coach and two as coach of the running backs. Dowdye mentored Nick Hartigan, who went on to become the school's all-time leading rusher.



As a player, Dowdye was a four-year starter at cornerback for West Virginia Wesleyan and was named All-Conference three times. He also starred for the Bobcats in track & field as an All-America sprinter. He graduated from WVWC in 1996 with a degree in Business Management and Economics.

Marinelli arrives in Kingston after spending the 2009 season as a player at Trinity College where he helped the Bantams to a 6-2 mark.

During his senior season, the Connecticut native finished fifth on the team in tackles and recorded a team-highs in interceptions (5) and passes deflected (12). Following the year, Marinaelli was honored as an all-league selection, was selected for the Division III Senior Classic and earned his degree in history.

Prior to attending Trinity, Marinelli spent one season at Fordham University.