New Hampshire Football Report

Santos adds to coaching staff

DURHAM – University of New Hampshire head coach Rick Santos on Wednesday announced three additions to the Wildcat staff, including former All-American Casey DeAndrade, who will return for his second stint as an assistant coach in the program.

DeAndrade is returning to the fold as the coach of the defensive backs – the position he exceled at as a player – after spending the last three seasons coaching at Holy Cross.

Stephen Barnette, an all-conference player in the Colonial Athletic Conference while at Richmond, is joining the staff as wide receivers’ coach. He most recently has been on the staff at Towson University.  Jesse Goldberger is the new director of football operations.

DeAndrade was a four-year starter for the Wildcats and was a captain and named a first-team All American as a senior. He interned for a season at UNH in strength and conditioning and quality control, coached running backs for a year with the team and then coached at Holy Cross for the three seasons.

“Casey epitomizes everything that is great about UNH football,” Santos said. “He was a proven leader as a student athlete and has developed into an elite young coach with a winning pedigree.

Barnette was a standout wide receiver at Richmond. He led the CAA in receiving yards with 1,189 as a junior in 2013 and was tied with UNH’s R.J. Harris, also a junior that year, in receptions with 76. Barnette’s senior season ended with a knee injury after five games. Most recently, he was a quality control coach at Towson.

“Steve is a young, up-and-coming star in the coaching profession,” Santos said. “He understands this league well, being a former All-Conference player at Richmond. He is a developer of men and will bring energy and passion to the wide receiver room. He will help make our players better on and off the field. Steve is smart, detailed and a technician in how he approaches the game. He is a great communicator, which will allow him to thrive in recruiting as well. We’re truly excited to have him be a part of our family”

Goldberger comes to UNH from Central Connecticut State University where he coached running backs and was the video coordinator and assistant director of operations.

“Jesse is intelligent, detailed and extremely organized,” Santos said. “He has a background in the logistics side of football and has coached multiple positions as well. His balance between operations and coaching makes him uniquely qualified to thrive in this role. He will be a pivotal piece in how our program is structured moving forward. We welcome him to our team and are very excited he’s a Wildcat.”

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