Darnell Stapleton Joins Pace Football Coaching Staff as Offensive Line Coach
PLEASANTVILLE, NY- Pace University Football Head Coach Andrew Rondeau has announced that Darnell Stapleton will be joining his staff as assistant coach for the 2014 season. Stapleton, a starter on the offensive line for the Super Bowl XLIII Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, will serve as the offensive line coach for the Setters this season.
Stapleton comes to the Setters from Rutgers University where he was a graduate assistant coach and worked primarily with the offensive line. He assisting in developing the eighth best offensive line in the country and the top unit in the BIG EAST in sacks allowed in his first season. Two members of the offensive line were recognized on the BIG EAST All-Conference teams and one signed a professional contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As a player, Stapleton started all 13 games at center for Rutgers as a senior in 2006 and was finalist for the Rimington Trophy. Stapleton started all 12 games for RU in 2005, securing the starting role after transferring from Hudson Valley Community College.
Following his collegiate career, Stapleton signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft. Stapleton did not see action during the 2007 season but was able to see action in the 2008 season. He started 12 of the 14 games he played in that season and was the starting guard in the Steelers' victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
Stapleton earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business & Labor Relations from Rutgers in 2007 and is a native of Union, NJ.
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