July 10, 2013

Confesor Returns to Football Coaching Staff

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island head coach Joe Trainer announced the return of Ari Confesor to the football coaching staff today.

Confesor, who was on Trainer's staff from 2009-11, spent the 2012 in the Kansas City Chiefs scouting department. He returns to the Rams as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, replacing Rapheal Dowdye.

"It is great to have Ari back at URI," Trainer said. "Like all great teachers, he is an outstanding communicator. We couldn't be more excited."

In 2011, Confesor coached a wide receiving corps that accounted for 82 percent of the Rhode Island receiving yardage. Confesor's group included senior Anthony Baskerville and junior Brandon Johnson-Farrell, who combined for 90 catches, 1,298 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. Baskerville earned Division I FCS All-New England Football Team honors from the New England Football Writers Association, and also was named to the All-CAA second team. He led the league in yards per reception (15.9).

In 2010, Confessor oversaw a group that combined for 194 receptions, 1,876 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Under his watch, Baskerville earned All-CAA Third Team honors. That season, Baskerville posted team highs among receivers with 48 receptions, 500 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Baskerville's all-league selection came after a two-year stretch at Dean College where he played quarterback.

During the 2009 campaign, Confesor served as the assistant secondary coach where he helped direct a secondary unit that produced 11 interceptions.

A Rhode Island native, Confesor earned his degree in political science in the spring of 2004. He enjoyed tremendous 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 team 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).

Rhode Island opens the 2013 season at Fordham on Thursday, Aug. 29. The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 7 against CAA Football newcomer Stony Brook.

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