Michigan has set its sights on Boston College co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile for one of its vacant defensive staff openings. The Fair Lawn (N.J.) native spent the last three seasons helping the Eagles field one of the nation’s top performing secondaries. He interviewed with Jim Harbaugh & company Tuesday, and now the Wolverines are hoping to add his expertise somewhere in their back seven.
During Campanile’s seven years as a college coach, four at Rutgers, three at Boston College, he has coached tight ends, wide receivers, and defensive backs. At Michigan he could wind up coaching safeties or outside linebackers/vipers. His versatility and that of current safeties coach Chris Partridge would make them interchangeable. Sources tell TMI that the position group they would each coach would be determined if Campanile accepts the position.
During his first season at Boston College (Mass.) in 2016 he coached a secondary that finished 34th nationally and fourth in the ACC, allowing just 205.6 passing yards per game. The Eagles’ back end was again impressive, finishing third nationally in pass efficiency defense and 12th nationally in interceptions with 18. That led to him being named 247Sports’ National Defensive Backs Coach of the Year.
Campanile was promoted to co-defensive coordinator last spring and helped Boston College to another impressive statistical showing, finishing 30th in pass efficiency defense and tied for fifth in interceptions again with 18.
Prior to heading BC he spent four seasons coaching at his alma-mater, Rutgers. In 2012 he was a defensive assistant, then from 2013-14 he coached tight ends, and finally in 2015 he coached wide receivers.
Campanile wore the Scarlet Knight helmet himself from 2001-2004, playing both safety and linebacker during his time on the field in Piscataway.
He cut his teeth in coaching as student assistant in 2005, then officially got his career underway the following year at his high school alma mater, Fair Lawn (N.J.). The next season he moved over to one of the most tradition rich programs in the Northeast, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep. There he coached the linebackers from 2007-2009, then served as the offensive coordinator from 2010-2011.
His recruiting ties in the Garden State are obviously extensive and would add to what is already an area of strength for the Maize & Blue.
“He’s a guy that’s really well-connected, especially in North Jersey recruiting,” 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn said. “He is really well-liked, works hard, and he is a really good on-field coach. He has a reputation for being a really good recruiter, but it goes beyond that. A lot of people that I deal with think that one day he is going to be running his own program somewhere. He did a great job with Boston College’s defensive backs. When he came into New Jersey and New York to get kids for Boston College, he had a really high success rate. And he is like Chris Partridge in that he knows everybody in New Jersey, and more importantly, everybody knows him.”