SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Paul Pasqualoni, an assistant football coach at Syracuse the last four years, was promoted to head coach Wednesday, three days after Dick MacPherson resigned to coach the New England Patriots.
'I am very pleased that we were able to fill the position from within our own staff,' Syracuse Athletic Director Jake Crouthamel said. 'It provides us with continuity and makes for a smooth transition from the old to the new.
'I also think Paul is an important step in our recruiting. I have the greatest confidence in Paul as a dedicated, competent coach, administrator and organizer.'
Pasqualoni, 41, becomes the 26th head coach at Syracuse.
'There is no doubt that Coach Mac leaves some very big shoes to fill,' Pasqualoni said. 'I feel that it is a tribute to Syracuse University, out players and our program that the administration has chosen to hire a new head coach from within our staff so it is an added honor for me to be selected.
'I think the continuity will be most helpful in this critical period of change. I do not expect to make major changes in our offensive or defensive style of football.
'Our players don't have to worry about what we will be doing. Hopefully, we can gointo the off-season program with the momentum that came out of the Aloha Bowl.'
Pasqualoni said he will meet with his staff as soon as it returns from the coaches convention in New Orleans.
Syracuse had a 7-4-2 record in 1990, including a 28-0 victory over Arizona in the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu. The Orangemen were ranked No. 21 in the country.
Pasqualoni was a linebacker at Penn State, a school noted for the many great players it has produced at that position.
'You probably never heard of Paul Pasqualoni, linebacker,' the new coach said. 'I may have been the worst linebacker in school history.'
Following his graduation in 1972, Pasqualoni coached in high school for four years and worked as an assistant at Southern Connecticut State. In 1983 he became head coach and athletic director of Western Connecticut State. His 1985 team went 10-1 and his overall record as a head coach was 34-17.
Pasqualoni joined the Syracuse staff as a linebacker coach in 1987.