Recruiting Coordinator, Wide Receivers Coach
15th Year in Football
12th Year as a Coordinator
Eighth Year at Arizona
Rob Ianello, 35, has been a collegiate recruiting coordinator for 12 years, eight of those at UA, and has expanded Arizona's reach into the Texas prep ranks in a big way in recent years. In addition to his work in recruiting, he has coached the wide receivers at UA for the past four seasons as well.
One of his charges, Dennis Northcutt, finished his career as the leading wide receiver in school history and Arizona's latest consensus All-American.
Northcutt was the first pick of the second round in the 1999 NFL draft and played extensively for the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and 2000. Another one of his pupils, Jeremy McDaniel (1996, 1998), has gone onto play professionally with the Buffalo Bills, while current Wildcat Bobby Wade is on pace to equal Northcutt's career numbers.
Ianello has previous coaching experience at Wisconsin (1990-93) and Alabama (1988-89).
There's no question Ianello's work as recruiting coordinator is a key to the success of the program. Arizona's ability to identify young players has been proven year after year in the NFL draft, the breadth of most redshirt classes and the numbers of true freshmen who contribute each year. His recruiting skill, notably in Texas, has proved to be a big plus for the Wildcats. In his eight years in Tucson, Ianello has increased the UA's recruiting base to include that region, which, in turn, has brought a variety of top position players into the Wildcat fold.
In his first season as Arizona's recruiting coordinator, he spearheaded a process which, once completed, rated UA's incoming 1995 class as a top-20 effort nationally and among the top three in the league.
He joined the Arizona staff in February 1994 after four successful years in the same position from 1990 to 1993 at the University of Wisconsin. Under his direction in just a few short months, the staff made some promising early steps and moreover attracted a number of 11th-hour summer recruits.
Ianello received accolades for the Wisconsin drive under coach Barry Alvarez which took the Badgers from a perennial second-division Big Ten program to Rose Bowl champions on Jan. 1, 1994.
Wisconsin signed 29 high school All-American football players in its last three classes under Ianello, generally regarded among the best recruiting classes in the country.
He was assistant recruiting coordinator under coach Bill Curry at Alabama in 1988-89. That staff signed 17 of the eventual 22 starters on Alabama's 1992 national championship team. His first-ever recruit was Derrick Lassic, the Most Valuable Player of the Tide's Sugar Bowl victory over Miami (Jan. 1, 1993) and a former member of the Dallas Cowboys.
He served as a graduate assistant coach at Alabama in 1987 after earning his degree in 1987 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
In Ianello's initial seven months on the job, he helped former Arizona coach Dick Tomey reorganize the Wildcats' recruiting procedures and develop a stronger database of prospects and networks.
Ianello was born Nov. 4, 1965 in Greenwich, Conn. His wife, Denise, is an associate head coach for the UA women's basketball team. The couple was married in July 1999.
The Ianello File
|Full Name:||Robert Stephen Ianello|
|Date of Birth:||Nov. 4, 1965|
|High School:||Archbishop Stepinac, White Plains, N.Y.|
|Recruiting Areas:||Houston, Southern Arizona|
|Bowl Experience:||1998 Culligan Holiday Bowl, 1997 Insight.com Bowl, 1994 Freedom (with Arizona); 1994 Rose (with Wisconsin); 1990 Sugar, 1988 Hall of Fame, 1988 Sun (with Alabama).|