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Assistant Coach Nick Rapone- 43 Defense 101

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Nick Rapone, a veteran of 33 seasons as a football coach, including 26 as an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision assistant, begins his seventh season on the University of Delaware staff in 2012 as defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

One of the nation's top defensive coaches, he has been a part of two NCAA national championship runner-up squads at Delaware, including the 2010 season when he led the Hens to a 12-3 record, a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title, and a berth in the NCAA FCS title game. He helped lead a unit that led the nation in scoring defense (12.1 points per game), ranked No. 5 in total defense (280.7 yards allowed per game), and was No. 12 in rushing defense (105.3) in 2010.